January 12, 2023

Recently Past Past President Tim ran the meeting in place of President Joe.
 
Adonis Campillo led us in the Flag Salute
 
Sharon Daly introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting today was Nancy for the second time and she put in her application.
Blanca De La Hoya from the City of Ventura was here and also our speaker.
 
Jeff Hata gave our inspirational message
 
Tim Hughes let us know that Cachuma spilled this weekend and Nacimiento will spill this week.
 
Dawn Knowles ran our front desk today and Ken Kagan and Jaquelyn Gargano greeted today.
 
Our opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Spazzo’s Italian Cucina.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the St Patrick’s day fundraiser on March 17th at Topa Topa Brewery. The fundraiser is supporting the Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids. Meeting Tuesday at 4:30.
 
Upcoming
Jan 19th Social at Cappricio's
Jan 26th Abbi Hanoch will be speaking about her International Student Exchange in Japan.
 
Tim Hughes has already received 4 scholarship applications
 
Laura Shannon announced that she has  a german shepard that needs to be adopted.
 
Joe Bova announced that we have 3 RYLA students from Buena Interact. Bill Gray’s daughter will also be attending RYLA.
 
Dawn Knowles let us know that community service has met and will be presenting ideas soon.
 
Sharon Daly let us know that Mossy Foot needs 20,000 pairs of children’s shoes.
 
Happy $’s: Vance Thompson, Margarida Eidson, Bruce McGee
 
Our Speaker was Monica De La Hoya who spoke about her experiences in the Peace Corps.
 
Rich Stewart conducted our raffle and the lucky winner was our speaker Monica De La Hoya.
January 12, 2023 Jeff Hata 2023-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting January 5, 2023

Carin Kally led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Joe thanked Ken Kagan for greeting and announced our Opportunity Drawing gift was a $50 gift card to Larson's Grill, graciously donated by Cal Magro.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians: Guest of Margarida Eidson was Rosa Maria Mendez, guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra Esquivel, and visiting today was Nancy Datillo. Visiting Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Ventura-Downtown was Neal and Sandy Lasilla.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Tim Hughes spoke about a possible fundraiser for the club. The Girl Scouts are doing a Wine and Food Festival at Rancho Arnez on June 23 and are asking our club to co-sponsor.
 
President Joe let us know that the Vocational Scholarship applications have gone out. We will be awarding 10 nursing scholarships this year. We have also sent out the 4-Way Essay test applications and Jerry Dannenberg will be helping President Joe with this project.
 
President Joe also let us know that our club Foundation is in need of 2 Directors for the term 2023-26. If you would like to serve on the club foundation board, please let President Joe know.
 
 
Meeting January 5, 2023 Jeff Hata 2023-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Family Justice Center Donations

At its annual holiday party, the Rotary Club of Ventura-East collected “essential items” for the Ventura County Family Justice Center.  The club collected about 4 large boxes of clothes, diapers, etc.  In this photo Club Co-President Joe Strohman delivered the items to Vanessa Melendrez, Exec. Development Director for the Ventura County Family Justice Center Foundation.
Family Justice Center Donations Joe Strohman Jr. 2023-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting November 10, 2022

Past President Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jim Word introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly, guest of Margarida Eidson was Derek Eidson, Jerry Dannenberg visited today, Claire Hansen was a guest of the club, Guest of the club Charles Ferguson, guest of Emily Barany was Jennette Villanueva.
 
President Tim introduced Claire Hansen former scholarship recipient. Claire brought us up to speed with what she is doing now and how our scholarships helped her get through college.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Tim recognized the Veteran’s in our club, Sam Marsh and Dick Gallagher.
 
Our opportunity drawing was donated by Ashley Pope, $50 gift card to Palermo’s.
 
President Tim gave us some upcoming dates to remember:
  • November 14 – Board Meeting
  • November 17 – RumFish & Vino
  • November 24 – Dark
  • December 1 – Poinsettia Delivery
  • December 15 – Christmas party at Bill Gray’s house.
 
Carin Kally and Abbi Hanoch talked about Poinsettia sales.
 
Sharon Daly announced that Mossy Foot is holding a Tea on December 7th.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that the Mexico Build is this weekend.
 
Margarida Eidson let us know that the Poinsettia Pavilion is selling Thanksgiving Pies again this year. You need order soon!
Happy $’s: Emily Barany
 
Joe Strohman introduced our speaker, Andy Ludlum, little Known Stories of WWII in Ventura County.
 
Rich Stewart conducted the opportunity drawing and our lucky winner was Jeannette Villanueva.
Meeting November 10, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting November 3, 2022

Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Tim told us a little about his recent trip to New York City and to Connecticut.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Mary Kaye Dubek spoke about a fundraiser for Tender Life Maternity, A Pop up Thrift Shop.
 
Joe Strohman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly, guest of Margarida Eidson was Derek Eidson, Tom Swan and Georganne Hawley visited us this week, guest of the club was Jacquyln Gargano and Alexis, guest of the club Charles Ferguson, guest of Kathy McGee was Mary K Dubek.
 
President Tim thanked Bruce McGee for taking attendance.
 
Our opportunity drawing was a bottle of Angel’s Envy Whiskey donated by Adonis Campillo.
 
Upcoming events:
11/10 – Ventura County during WWII
11/17 – Social at RumFish
11/24 – Dark
12/01 – Poinsettia Delivery Day
12/08 – Ventura PD K9’s
12/15 – Christmas Party at the Gray’s
12/22 – Dark
12/28 – Joint meeting with Downtown.
 
Jacquylin announced that the Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids is coming up. Sponsorships are available.
 
We have two students signed up for RYLA
 
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Jeff Hata, Adonis Campillo, Cal Magro
 
For our program today we called on past purchasers of Poinsettia’s.
 
President Tim conducted the opportunity drawing and the lucky winner was Cal Magro!
Meeting November 3, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting October 13, 2022

Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute
 
President Tim asked everyone to silence their phones.
 
Rich Stewart introduced guests and visiting Rotarians
From Ronald McDonald House Charities Jacquelyn Gargano, guest of Rich & Harriet was Maria Lakin. Guest of the club no more was Abby Hanoch.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message
 
Kathy McGee announced that our Opportunity Drawing was for a box of Poinsettias.
 
Kathy McGee also reminded us that Poinsettia fundraiser is coming very soon!
 
Tonight is the Taste of Ventura event at the Museum of Ventura County from 5:00 – 7:30.
 
Bruce McGee let us know on October 20th we will do an offsite at Ventura College and then dinner at Rincon after.
 
Rotaract Mexico build fundraiser at Himalaya.  Our club has donated about $2,000 to help with the build.
 
Vance Thompson announced that Mission Church is working to support FoodShare. They are asking people to fill a shopping bag to donate.
 
Ventura Friends of the Library has a book sale going on October 22nd.
 
Bruce McGee inducted our newest member Abby Hanoch.
 
Happy $’s: Margarida Eidson, Jeff Hata,
 
Our program today was Kathy & Bruce McGee. The spoke about the Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC.
 
The next Ronald McDonald House walk will be on March 19th.
 
Tomorrow is the first organizing meeting for the 2023 walk.
 
The winner of our Opportunity Drawing was Harriet Clune.
Meeting October 13, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

Our Lives as Nomads

My wife and I are nomads.  We sold our house, cars, and most of our personal belongings, and we live our lives traveling and seeing the world.  Eventually we will settle in either one place or do a rotation of a few select places, but for now, we move every 2-4 weeks. We are not on vacation!  We live our lives while traveling the world.  This requires a different mindset; we need to maintain an annual budget and not spend lavishly, as one may while on a vacation. We created a sustainable budget and we stick to it.  This allows us to fulfill our desire to travel wherever we choose.

We live in 1 or 2 bedroom furnished apartments with a kitchen, a washer, free WiFi, and a view of the ocean, or the mountains or the old city center; the view changes whenever we want.

We use various methods of transportation.  Since we sold our cars, we are no longer burdened with the cost or responsibility of maintaining said cars, so we are free to take trains, planes or rental cars to reach our next destination.  We have used ferries, bicycles, water taxis, regular taxis, ride shares, buses, and of course our own two feet.  But this is the first time we have used a cruise ship for transportation.

And it won’t be the last time.

We wanted to transfer from Europe to North America.  The most expedient way was to fly.  Flying is quick, but certainly not easy, and chock full of stress and worries.  Between missed connections, to Covid-19 related restrictions, to the opportunity to lose our baggage, to just waiting in airports, flying is not fun.  And there is virtually nothing to see when we fly.  In our lifestyle, time is not an issue.

Being on board a ship, there is the ocean views and various ports of call we can explore and/or rediscover.  It is certainly slower, but as nomads, our ongoing expenses are places to stay, transportation, food and entertainment.  Plus tourist activities.  Again, time is not a consideration for us.  The ship itself satisfies our transportation needs as we move from one continent to another, there is a never-ending supply of food, and there is entertainment, all built into the cost of the cruise.  In the ports of call, we have the opportunity to be tourists and satisfy the craving to see new places.

As a means of transportation, cruise ships are ideal.  It is definitely a slower mode of travel, yet the journey is often more interesting than the destination.  But isn’t cruising expensive?  Yes and no.

Generally speaking, cruise ships are an expensive commitment, typically used as a vacation destination. cruise ships attract the clientele who want to travel in comfort and luxury, both of which cost money; often a great deal of money.  Going on a cruise ship is a way to pamper yourself.  Some cruise ships even provide your own personal butler while on board.  There are spas and fitness centers, amusement parks, water slides, overhead rope obstacle courses, theaters, a casino, excursions, promenades, shopping malls, bars and restaurants all onboard.  Lots of bars and restaurants.  And most people who travel on cruise ships do so for the luxury and to visit places they normally never would.  That accounts for about 99% of cruisers.

Nomads are most definitely in the 1% of travelers.  Nomads are no longer satisfied living in one place and striking out on two-week adventures. Nomads yearn to live a lifestyle composed of travel and exploration.  We can’t really explore much when we stay at home 50 weeks out of the year, so we choose to nomad.  We are also cost conscious.  Maintaining a budget is extremely important as it is very easy to go overboard (pun intended) on travel spending; especially on board a cruise ship.

Nomads search for ways to legally and morally hack the travel industry.  How can we modify the existing resources to our advantage? Using credit card mileage reward points, loyalty clubs, travel price alerts and dynamic pricing all can be used to our advantage.  Off season travel, early bird dining, matinee performances, and travel passes help us to live the life of our dreams while living within our means. Being nomads allows us the time to be flexible in our travel and entertainment planning.

But how can we use expensive cruise ships to expedite our travel while maintaining our budget?  There is a special kind of cruise known as a Repositioning Cruise.  Let me explain:

Cruise ships operate where tourists want to travel.  They thrive on having a ship full of passengers to get the most value out of their operations, their employees and their resources.  Cruise ships with thousands of passengers on board make for profitable enterprises.

But not many tourists want to cruise, or travel in general, during winter months, except where winter is warm and gentle.  For example: In the Mediterranean, there are hundreds of cruise ships operating during the spring, summer and autumn months.  But in winter months, it is difficult to get bookings, so many cruise ships would be dormant.  It is cost prohibitive for any company to have a multi-billion dollar cruise ship sit empty in a port somewhere.  The ship is designed to be on the move with a full compliment of passengers.  So, how does the cruise company solve this problem?  They move the ship to a place where passengers DO want to travel.  During the winter months people love to go to the Caribbean.  So the ship transfers from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. 

But the ship still has to buy fuel and water and food for its employees and crew.  All the food and supplies are still there.  The entertainment services are there.  Why not have passengers on board as well?  But who wants to travel across the ocean for several days with no, or very few, ports of call?  There are certainly some seasoned travelers who appreciate the comforts of the ship and are not interested in going ashore.  And there are passengers whose primary concern is transferring from one continent to another.  Such as Nomads.

As nomads, we can utilize a repositioning cruise to transfer from Europe to North America. Or from North America to Asia, Australia or South America.  Or just back to Europe in the springtime.  It is an absolute fact that there are fewer passengers onboard a reposition cruise.  What happens in every industry when the supply outweighs the demand?  The price of the product drops, that’s what.

The cruise ship that has only 1/4 to 1/3 of the usual number of passengers will drop the price of the cruise to attract more passengers.  The cruise ship’s costs are mostly fixed; the more passengers they can attract, the higher their profits are. In the case of repositioning cruises, the losses will be lower if they can attract more passengers.  So, the prices are lowered for repositioning cruises.  Significantly.

Case in point:  We recently used a 19-day MSC repositioning cruise to transfer from Marseilles, France to Orlando, Florida.  Normally a 7-day cruise would set us back $5-10,000 total. But this MSC cruise had a bargain basement price of $499 per person for the entire 19 days.  That comes to slightly less than $1000 for the two of us.  Of course there are other expenses to add in.

Getting to the cruise ship is the first expense.  We had to get ourselves to Marseille, France.  As nomads, that didn’t incur any different expenses, we merely had to point ourselves in that direction. 

We determined that we didn’t want to stay in an inside cabin (the bargain basement offering), so we upgraded to a balcony suite for $1500 per person, so that brought us to $3,000.  Then there are other expenses to be factored in. Since I am still working, it was important to have an internet connection. so I purchased the onboard internet accessibility.  That cost is $245 for one device.  Ugh!!!  Onboard the cruise ship, the download speed is equivalent to dial up.  Well, not quite that bad.  But it is still slow and unreliable, particularly in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  Dear Elon Musk, Fix this!

There are some entertainment events and specialty restaurants for which MSC charges a premium. We chose not to indulge in those options.

We spent some money in the spa for massages and a haircut.  The prices were what we would expect to pay in the United States, so we didn’t concern ourselves and spent the money to pamper ourselves.

We spent all our “extra expense budget” money on the premium charge for gelato. This ship has a fabulous gelato store.  For those who don’t know what gelato is, it’s time to crawl out from under your rock.  Gelato is ice cream made from milk, instead of cream.  Lower milk fats, less calories, and more delicious. We each had a scoop of gelato every day.  And the scoops were quite generous.  Good thing there’s a free fitness center onboard.

Our total expenditure, before gratuities was $3800.  Add in the gratuity of $570 (cruise tips are mandatory and charged separately) and our total spend was $4,370.  That covered our transportation cost, accommodations, food and entertainment for 19 days.  That comes to $230 per day total. Well within our budget.  

Yes, we will use repositioning cruises again.

Our Lives as Nomads Tom Swan 2022-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 29, 2022

President Tim Hughes stood in for President Jeff this week!
 
Our Flag Salute was led by Bill Spellman
 
President Tim introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of the Club was soon to be new member Abby Hanoch, guests of Margarida Edison was Derrick Eidson, Jim Nicoll and Kristen Anderson. Visiting us for the second time was Charles Ferguson, guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly, guests of Joe Bova were Rene Rickard and Karrie Carey and visiting Rotarians from the Next Gen Rotary Club were Andy Conli and Matt Spiker.
 
Opportunity drawing was donated by Carin Kally $50 gift card to Wood Ranch
 
Upcoming programs are Ventura County Animal Services, Dawn Knowles will be speaking about her recent trip to Croatia and a field trip to Ventura College.
 
October 8th Family Farm Fest Sa’aliya ranch
 
Downtown Club will be doing a Polio event. 10/23 at Ventura College Theater Patio. Food by Peirano’s
 
Bruce McGee introduced Andy & Matt from NextGen Rotary club in Westlake.
They are putting together an event in Downtown Ventura “Crawloween” if you are interested we can go online.
 
Ashley Pope passed around the sign up sheet for Taste.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about the Love Ventura service project at the YMCA this Saturday.
 
The District Conference is coming in November. Come up on Friday if you can’t make the whole conference.
 
Happy $’s Carin Kally, Ashley Pope, Bruce McGee, Margarida Eidson
 
Our speaker today was Stephanie Caldwell, CEO, of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.
 
The opportunity drawing winner was Ashley Pope.
Meeting September 29, 2022 jeff 2022-09-29 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 22, 2022

President Jeff rang the bell and welcomed everyone to out meeting.
 
Adonis Campillo led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Joe Strohman gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Jeff introduced guests and visiting Rotarians
Visiting us today was Charles Ferguson, guest of Margarida Eidson was Derek Eidson. Guest of the club was Abbigayle Hanoch.
 
Our opportunity drawing was donated by Carin Kally. $25 to Trader Joes and $25 to Sees Candy
 
Bruce McGee gave us an RI Foundation update. 
 
Joe Bova spoke about the Family Fun Fest at Rancho Sa’ aliya Farm on October 8th from 10:00 – 3:00. There will be opportunities for club members to volunteer.
 
Margarida Eidson reminded us that on October 1st there is the Love Ventura event. We will be doing clean up at the YMCA from 3:00 – 6:00.
 
District Conference is coming to Ventura this October. More details to follow…
 
President Jeff spoke about the good things our Club Foundation does in our community.
 
Our speaker today was Patrick Pothier from Pothier Hypnotherapy.
 
Rich Stewart conducted our raffle and the lucky winner was Bill Spellman!
Meeting September 22, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 8, 2022

President Jeff led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jim Word introduced guests and visiting Rotarians
Visiting Rotarian was Maggie Curly from the Rotary Club of Ventura.
 
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Message.
 
October 13th is Taste of Ventura. We have tickets for $25.00 per ticket.
 
Margarida Eidson let us know that the Club Foundation is donating $1,000 to the Brain Injury Function to honor Midge Stork.
 
Margarida Eidson presented the club with a patch for being a silver club last year.
Meeting September 8, 2022 2022-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 25, 2022

Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute
 
Tim Hughes gave our Inspirational Message
 
Guest of Sharon Daly was her son Kevin Daly.
 
President Jeff spoke about the social last week at Rocks & Drams
The social for September will be at "The Six"
 
President Jeff thanked Joe Bova for greeting.
 
The opportunity drawing today was donated by Cal Magro.
 
Tim Hughes will step in for President Jeff and our program will be Gold Coast Veterans.
 
Saturday September 9th will the Tri-Club fundraiser to benefit Boys & Girls club.
 
October 9th will be the Community Open House and Ribbon Cutting for the Ranch at Pacific High School
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about the District Conference and the Tri-Club Fundraiser.
 
Casino Night there will be 6 different caterers and Karaoke!
 
We will be testing out a texting program to help with communications. Let us know what you think about the program.
 
Joe Strohman spoke about an event with the Brain Injury Center and Midge Stork will be one of the honorees.
 
Tuesday will be the Foundation Board Meeting via Zoom
 
We are starting a business ethics recognition program. If you know of someone who is deserving, please nominate them.
 
Happy $’s: Margarida Eidson, Bill Spellman, Tim Hughes
Meeting August 25, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 28, 2022

President Jeff thanked Margarida Eidson for helping him out by starting the meeting today.
 
President Jeff gave the Inspirational Message.
 
Margarida Eidson introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Margarida was Derek Eidson.
 
Opportunity drawing was a gift card to Café Zack.
 
Upcoming Dates to remember
August 18th – Social at Rocks & Drams
August 20th – Backpack project
September 17th – Coastal Clean-up
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about the District Conference in Santa Barbara November 18th – 20th.
 
Happy $’s: Emily Barany, Bruce McGee, Sam Marsh, Todd Juvonen,
 
President Jeff introduced our speaker Mike Wing from Unity to Spark Change.
Meeting July 28, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Past Presidents Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey? 2022-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 7, 2022

July 7, 2022
 
Our Flag Salute today by Margarida Eidson.
 
Steve Harbison presented the final Nursing Scholarship to Steven Driedger.
l-r: Steve Driedger, Steve Harbison
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Harriet Clune introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Visiting us today was Robert Marquez and  Anthony Leon. Guest of Bruce McGee was Abbie.
 
President Jeff thanked Kathy McGee for greeting & Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
The Opportunity Drawing was a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch.
 
Margarida Eidson announced a fundraiser for the Lions Club. It is a drive through BBQ on July 23rd.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • July 14th – Community Action Ventura
  • July 20th – Tri Club Social
  • July 28th – Unity to Spark Change
 
Happy $’s: Ashley Pope, Harriet Clune, Sharon Daly, Bill Spellman, Jeff Hata, Tim Hughes, Cal Magro
 
Our speaker today was Robin Paggi who spoke about “Managing Generation Z.”
 
Harriet Clune conducted our Opportunity Drawing and our lucky winner was Carin Kally!
 
Thought for the week…
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”
         John Wayne
 
Meeting July 7, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-07-07 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Bob Pazen Nursing Scholarships

2022 Bob Pazen Nursing Scholarship Recipients
 
l-r: Dr. Sandra Melton, Kasondra Carriger, Daniel Hernandez, Clarissa Swallows, Marlin Medrano, Cynthia Jimenez, Brittany Barraza, Wendy Pazen
2022 Bob Pazen Nursing Scholarships 2022-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 30, 2022

Jeff Burgh led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Cal passed around the Club Duty sign up sheet.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message
 
Margarida Eidson asked for volunteers to help Ventura Downtown with the fireworks show on July 3rd.
 
Jeff Burgh spoke about the Push em Pull em Parade on July 4th. Please be at Cemetery Park by 9:00 am. The parade starts at 10:00.
 
Rich Stewart announced that our Opportunity Drawing is $50 gift card to Lowes donated by Carin Kally.
 
Joe Strohman presented the Bob Pazen Nursing Scholarship recipients.
 
Clarissa, Marlin, Daniel, Cassandra, Dr Sandra Melton, Brittany. Cynthia
 
Happy $’s: Sam Marsh, Joe Strohman, Bruce McGee, Wendy Pazen
 
President Cal gave a check for $200 to thank the club for this past year.
 
Rich Stewart conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Wendy Pazen!
Meeting June 30, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

Ronald L. Hertel 4 Way Test Essay Competition

The Rotary Club of Ventura-East recognized four students from Balboa Middle School for their submissions to the 2022 Ronald L. Hertel 4 Way Test Essay competition.
 
Ronald L. Hertel (1933-2014) was a Charter Member of The Rotary Club of Ventura-East. Ron also served as President of The Rotary Club of Ventura East in 1967- 68. A long time businessman and developer, Ron always championed the Rotary Four Way Test as his standard for doing business and conducting your life.
 
His commitment to his community was apparent in his service as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Ventura Community Memorial Hospital. Later he was a Founder and the first Chairman of the Benefactors of Community Memorial Hospital. He was also President of the Ventura Port District Board, and was on the boards of the United Way and Ventura County Community Foundation and a member of the Stanford Major Gifts Committee. He was also a leader in the Ventura County Chamber of Commerce, Ventura County Economic Development Association, and Ventura Building Industry Association, as well as a member of the Board of Directors at Bank of A. Levy.
 
Ron was the Canoe/Kayak Sports Commissioner for the 1984 Olympics and was responsible for site planning, construction, personnel, and international coordination and competition at Lake Casitas.
 
Ron's wife Carolyn Hertel and his children and family have continued to support The Rotary Club of Ventura-East and this award.
 
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East is proud to continue to recognize Ron and his commitment to Rotary and the community through the Ronald L. Hertel Four Way Test Essay competition and awards each year.
 

The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
 
Of the things we think, say or do
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
l-r: 3rd Place Fiona McCarter, 4th Place Aralynn Hess
1st Place Trevor Woodworth, 2nd Place Samantha Jacobson
Ronald L. Hertel 4 Way Test Essay Competition 2022-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 2, 2022

President Cal is on vacation and Past President Jeff Hata conducted our meeting this week.
 
Jeff thanked Bill Spellman for greeting this week.
 
Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff let us know that 2008-09 Past President of our Club Debora Pudlewski Roberts had passed away.
 
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Our Opportunity Drawing prize this week was donated by Harriet Clune, $50 cash!
 
Upcoming dates to remember
June 9th – 4 Way Test Essay Contest winners
June 16th – Mossy Foot Project
June 23rd – Step Down Celebration at 4 Brix Winery
June 30th – Nursing Scholarship Awards
July 4th – Push em Pull em parade!
 
Sharon Daly introduced our program Holy Bee Bee Keeper
 
Happy $’s: Jeff Hata, Margarida Eidson
 
Rich Stewart conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Carin Kally!!!
Meeting June 2, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 26, 2022

Past President Rich Stewart ran the meeting this week for our vacationing President Cal!
 
Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Emily Barany.
 
Rich Stewart read a thank you letter from Ventura Educational Partnership from Madju Bajaj.
 
Rich Stewart also read a letter from a Anshul Bajaj thanking the club for his Scholarship.
 
Our opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch donated by Bill Spellman.
 
The Stepdown Dinner is scheduled for June 23rd at Four Brix Winery from 5:30 – 10:00.
 
The District Step Down is June 25th in Moorpark.
 
Bruce McGee introduced our speaker Angie Brinkhoff from the Autism Society of Ventura County.
 
Harriet Clune conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Jim Word.
 
Happy $’s: Steve Harbison, Ashley Pope
Meeting May 26, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 12, 2022

Dawn Knowles led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Burgh introduced Steven, Mark and Alison to speak about the Push-em Pull-em Parade. The parade route this year will be the same as in year’s past.
 
President Cal passed around the sign up sheets for club duties.
 
Margarida Eidson gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that the 4 Presidents for next year have been meeting and working on what’s going to happen.
June 9th will be the 4 Way Test Essay contest presentations and June 30th will be the nursing awards.
 
Today’s opportunity drawing was donated by Ashley Pope. A $50 gift certificate to the Garage Bar.
 
Husam Hishmeh spoke about membership. We need to add new people to the club because if we are not growing, we are dying.
 
President Cal spoke about our booth at the Ventura Chamber Business Expo then there is another event at The Grape.
 
Monday night is the club board meeting at the Poinsettia Pavilion.
 
Our program today was Samuel Campa from Santa Barbara who spoke about the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
 
Sam Marsh gave a craft talk.
 
Rich Stewart conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Gray.
 
Next week our social will be at The Twist on Main Street.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Spellman, President Cal, Harriet Clune, Husam Hishmeh, Carin Kally
Meeting May 12, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 5, 2022

Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute
 
Adonis Campillo gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the Puzzle Contest
 
President Cal thanked Tim Hughes for a very successful scholarship program. So far we have donated over $700,000 and this year just a little over $125,000.
 
Bruce McGee introduced Colleen Refo. Colleen spoke about a fundraiser for the Ventura College Jazz program.
 
George Benz from the Rotary Club of Oxnard spoke about a water well project in Nairobi. There will be a fundraiser coming up. They are setting up a competition between Rotary Clubs with a poker tournament.
 
Jim Word gave a craft talk.
 
Jim Word then introduced our speaker, Annegret Riley who spoke to us about her experience growing up in Germany during WWII.
 
Happy $’s: President Cal, Judy Hoag
 
Our opportunity drawing was a $50 Lazy Dog gift card donated by Jeff Burgh.
 
Rich Stewart did the opportunity drawing and our lucky winner was Bill Gray.
Meeting May 5, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting April 14, 2022

Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
President Cal led us in reciting the 4-Way test.
 
Joe Strohman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Joe Strohman was Hannah Strohman guest of Sharon Daly Teresta Campbell.
 
President Cal passed around a clip board for upcoming club duties.
 
Thank you, Harriet Clune, for donating our opportunity drawing today.
 
Next week we will have our social at Limon y Sal, we will not be meeting for our normal noon meeting.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about our membership drive and updated us on our upcoming speakers.
 
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Cal asked if any one knew what you call a rabbit with fleas? Answer: Bugs Bunny
 
Bruce McGee passed around the sign up sheet for the Walk for Kids and spoke about the drive to raise money to go to Rotary Clubs in Romania to help with the Ukrainian refugee crisis.
 
Bill Spellman gave a craft talk.
 
Ashley introduced our speaker Jacquelyn Naster and Andre Barbieri with Hangers Clinic.
 
 Happy $’s: President Cal,
 
President Cal announced we will have a WWII survivor speaking to the club.
 
Rich Stewart conducted the Opportunity Drawing and the lucky winner of $50 cash was Andre Barbieri!!!
Meeting April 14, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting April 7, 2022

Todd Juvonen took attendance
 
Adonis Campillo led us in the Flag Salute
 
President Cal led us in reciting the 4 way test.
 
President Cal brought the door prize, $50 to Peking Inn.
 
Our speaker is Monique from Heroes Hideaway.
 
Joe Strohman introduced our guests: NK from Rotary South, Debbie Martin from the YMCA & Walk for Kids, Olivia Strohman, Dan Glassman, Dante from Ventura South
 
Ashley Pope gave inspiration and brought some old memorabilia from the chamber office move relating to our club.
 
Debbie Martin talked to us about the need for walkers and volunteers for Walk for Kids.
 
Margarida Eidson talked about Romania and sending the team funds through the chamber in Romania.
 
NK and Dante talked about a program for $50,000 grant that will impact over 300 kids. They need $18,000 – they would like $3,000 for the Autism Project. The program is to help bring teachers and people to help identify autism in children. The region would be in Camaroon. The hope is that the project would become a template.
 
Sam Marsh gave us a short craft talk about Drivers Education and how/why it’s not free, and that it should be. He would like VCRE to help make Drivers Training free as a rotary project, because it should be funded through the general fund as it is collected from tickets.
 
NK won the raffle.
Meeting April 7, 2022 Ashley Pope 2022-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting March 31, 2022

Tim Hughes ran the meeting today in place of our vacationing President Cal.
 
Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Tim Hughes announced that Roseann Klope passed away. Graveside service will be April 23rd at Ivy Lawn
 
Thank you to everyone who brought in socks for the Mossy Foot Project! Keep bringing socks in!
 
Rich Stewart is selling raffle tickets. Thank you to Todd Juvonen for a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch BBQ.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about an opportunity to donate to help Ukrainian refugees.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about our membership drive and Aut2Run.
 
Next week’s program will be a new non-profit who concentrates on First Responders.
 
Aut2Run needs volunteers so I you know anyone who would like to help out, let Ashley know.
 
The Puzzle contest is Sunday April 16th.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about Midge Stork’s memorial last Saturday. Thank you to Judy & Will Hoag, Rich Stewart, Harriet Clune, Emily Barany and Kathy McGee for helping out with parking lot duties.
 
Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids is coming on April 24th.
 
1st Wednesday of the month is our food distribution day with FoodShare.
 
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Magarida Eidson
 
Ashley Pope introduced our guest, Tracy Paplinski, with a Voice Discovered.
 
The winner of the opportunity drawing was Harriet Clune!
Meeting March 31, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting March 24, 2022

Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Todd Juvonen also introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Visiting from Buena High School today was Natalie Debbas along with our students of the quarter.
 
Cal passed the clipboard for club duties.
 
First Wednesday of the month we will be volunteering at FoodShare
 
Bruce McGee announced that Midge Stork’s service will be this Saturday at 2:00
 
Bruce also spoke about membership. April will be membership month so please invite a guest.
 
Joe Strohman introduced our latest Students of the Quarter.
 
l-r  Bill Spellman, Conner Hofferbert &
Scott Manninen
 
l-r: Joe Strohman, Jude Ferdolage, & Natalie Debbas
 
Dick Gallagher gave a craft talk.
 
Emily Barany sold raffle tickets for our Opportunity Drawing this week.
 
Ashley Pope continued with the Membership Drive discussion.
 
Ashley Pope introduced our speaker Shawna Morris from Casa Pacifica.
 
Happy $’s: President Cal, Steve Harbison,
 
Bruce McGee donated a $50 gift card to Lure won by Judy Hoag
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Meeting March 17, 2022

Bruce McGee led us in the Flag Salute
 
Todd Juvonen introduced our guests and visiting Rotaraians
 
Guest of Judy Hoag was Will Hoag and guest of Margarida Eidson was Derrick Eidson
 
Tim Hughes told an Irish joke
 
We have received 80 scholarship applications so far! And we have 30 returning scholarship applications.
 
Our speaker today was Jack Dyer with Topa Topa Brewery
 
Ashley Pope gave everyone 2 lottery tickets and asked some St Patrick’s Day trivia
Meeting March 17, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting March 10, 2022

Dawn Knowles led us in the Flag Salute
 
Margarida Eidson introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians
 
President Cal passed around a clip board with a card for Midge Stork
 
There will be a service on March 26th  
 
President Cal spoke about our offsite at Pacific High School which we all enjoyed.
 
Carin Kally donated the raffle prize and sold tickets
 
Bruce and Kathy McGee along with President Cal helped with FoodShare Distribution. Thank you for helping!
 
St Patrick’s Day parade is this Saturday. Please join in and walk or enjoy from the sidewalk. After the parade we will have a few beers at Topa Topa on Colt.
 
Future programs are as follow:
  • March 17- Regular Club Meeting with Special Program
  • March 21- Club Board meeting Government Center (Jeff Burgh’s Office) 5:30
  • March 24 – Shawna Morris CEO Casa Pacifica
  • March 31 – Traci Pelpinski – A Voice Discovered
  • April 24 – Aut2Run   Join Gavin’s team..(Ashley’s Team) or if you want to earn the Autism Society an additional $300 join Team Fun With HR! Learn more @  Aut2Run.org https://www.aut2run.org/RaceGroups/2323/Groups/1041436 or http://bit.ly/FunWithHR 
  • April 24 – The Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids
    https://www.walkforkids.org/site/TR/Events/VenturaRonaldMcDonaldFamilyRoom?team_id=8076&pg=
    team&fr_id=1341
Steve Harbison gave a craft talk.
 
Our speaker today was District Attorney Eric Nasarenko
 
Happy $’s: President Cal, Margarida Eidson,
 
Our lucky raffle winner was Husam Hishmeh
Meeting March 10, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting February 24, 2022

Margarida Eidson led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Steve Harbison gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Cal passed around a clipboard for meeting responsibilities and a signup sheet for the Pacific High School off-site meeting.
 
President Cal also passed around the flyer for the St Patrick’s Day parade.
 
Rich Stewart sold opportunity drawings tickets for a gift donated by Carin Kally.
 
President Cal announced that Richard Jimenez, a former club member, passed away early February. Joe Strohman said a few words about Richard.
 
Joe Strohman announced we will have Student of the Quarter March 24th. The 4 Way Test Essay contest us underway.
 
Joe Strohman announced that Kathy McGee and Tim Hughes have submitted their names for the Foundation Board. The Club unanimously elected both of them to the Foundation Board.
 
We will have a regular meeting on the 3rd Thursday in March in lieu of an evening social.
 
Bob Noville presented a Paul Harris Fellow to his daughter in law, Rachel Moore Shankle.
 
President Cal let us know that the board elected to make the following donations:
  • $2,500 to Aut2Run
  • $2,500 to Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids
 
Future programs are as follows
  • March 3 – OFF SITE MEETING – Pacific High School Farm – Joe Bova
  • March 10 – Erik Nasarenko – District Attorney
  • March 17- Regular Club Meeting with Special Program
  • March 21- Club Board meeting Government Center (Jeff Burgh’s Office) 5:30
  • March 24 – Shawna Morris CEO Casa Pacifica
  • March 31 – Traci Pelpinski – A Voice Discovered
  • April 24 – Aut2Run   Join Gavin’s team..(Ashley’s Team) or if you want to earn the Autism Society an additional $300 join Team Fun With HR! Learn more @  Aut2Run.org https://www.aut2run.org/RaceGroups/2323/Groups/1041436 or http://bit.ly/FunWithHR 
  • April 24 – The Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids
    https://www.walkforkids.org/site/TR/Events/VenturaRonaldMcDonaldFamilyRoom?team_id=8076&pg=
    team&fr_id=1341
 
Our speaker today was Madhu Bajaj with Ventura Education Partnership.
 
Happy $’s: Todd Juvonen, Bruce McGee, Margarida Eidson, Ashley Pope, President Cal
 
The opportunity drawing winner was Kathy McGee!
Meeting February 24, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting February 10, 2022

Steve Harbison led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Todd Juvonen gave our Inspirational Message
 
3 clipboards are being passed around. Ventura-South Mardi gras, Offsite meeting and club duties.
 
Still working on upgrading AV for zoom in partnership with the Downtown club.
 
April 24th is Aut2run and the Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids.
 
Future programs are as follows:
  • Feb. – 17 Social The Garage – 6:00 Mexican food from Karina’s, next door
    1091 Scandia Ave. Ventura
  • Feb. – 22 – Board Meeting 5:30 Poinsettia Pavillion
  • Feb. -24 Madhu Bajah – Ventura Education Partnership
  • Feb. – 27 – Mardi Gras Ventura South – Tower Club 3-7pm $ 75.00 each
  • March 3 – OFF SITE MEETING – Pacific High School Farm – Joe Bova
  • March 10 – Erik Nasarenko – District Attorney
  • March 17- Club Social
  • March 24 – Shawna Morris CEO Casa Pacifica
  • March 31 – Traci Pelpinski – A Voice Discovered
  • April 24 – Aut2Run   Join Gavin’s team..(Ashley’s Team) or if you want to earn the Autism Society an additional $300 join Team Fun With HR! Learn more @  Aut2Run.org https://www.aut2run.org/RaceGroups/2323/Groups/1041436 or http://bit.ly/FunWithHR
  • April 24 – The Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids
    https://www.walkforkids.org/site/TR/Events/VenturaRonaldMcDonaldFamilyRoom?team_id=8076&pg=
    team&fr_id=1341
Our speaker today was Kevin Clerici from the Downtown Ventura Partners.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Spellman, Tim Hughes, Husam Hishmeh, Vance Thompson, Adonis Campillo
 
We had two raffle prizes today!!
Raffle winner for Peking was Husam Hishmeh
Center for Family Justice - Husam Hishmeh
Meeting February 10, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting February 3, 2022

Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
President Cal gave our Inspirational Message today.
 
President Cal passed around a sign up sheet for the upcoming offsite meeting.
 
Ventura-South is having their Mardi Gras celebration. Please let President Cal know if you are planning on attending.
 
We will be on Zoom for the foreseeable future. Margarida Eidson is working with Ventura Downtown to improve the experience.
 
Upcoming dates:
  • Feb. – 10 Kevin Clerici – Downtown Ventura Partners
  • Feb. – 17 Social The Garage – 6:00 Mexican food from Karina’s, next door
    1091 Scandia Ave. Ventura
  • Feb. – 22 Board Meeting 5:30 Poinsettia Pavillion
  • Feb. -24 Madhu Bajah – Ventura Education Partnership
  • Feb. – 27 Mardi Gras Ventura South – Tower Club 3-7pm $ 75.00 each
  • March 3 OFF SITE MEETING – Pacific High School Farm – Joe Bova
  • April 24 – Aut2Run   Join Gavin’s team..(Ashley’s Team) or if you want to earn the Autism Society an additional $300 join Team Fun With HR! Learn more @  Aut2Run.org https://www.aut2run.org/RaceGroups/2323/Groups/1041436 or http://bit.ly/FunWithHR
Our program today was Valentine’s for non-profits.
 
The raffle winner was President Cal.
Meeting February 3, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting January 27, 2022

We were led in the Salute to the Flag by Vance Thompson.
 
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Moment.
 
Raffle prize was donated by Sharon Daly.
 
We have been having problems connecting on Zoom. We are working on links and the sound.
 
Monte Widders let the club know about the passing of his law partner Roger Meyers. The practiced law together for over 50 years.
 
Bruce McGee shared a book written by Midge Stork.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the upcoming Puzzle Competition & Aut2Run
 
February 27th South will host their annual Mardi Gras celebration at the Tower Club.
 
Future programs are as follows:
  • Feb. – 3 Valentines for Non-Profits
  • Feb. – 10 Kevin Clerici Downtown Ventura Partners
  • Feb. – 17 Social The Garage – 6:00 Mexican food from Karina’s, next door
    1091 Scandia Ave. Ventura
  • Feb. – 22 Board Meeting 5:30 Poinsettia Pavillion
  • Feb. – 24 Madhu Bajah Ventura Education Partnership
  • Feb. – 27 Mardi Gras Ventura South – Tower Club 3-7pm $ 75.00 each
  • March 3 – OFF SITE MEETING – Pacific High School Farm – Joe Bova
  • April 24 – Aut2Run   Join Gavin’s team..(Ashley’s Team) or if you want to earn the Autism Society an additional $300 join Team Fun With HR! Learn more @  Aut2Run.orghttps://www.aut2run.org/RaceGroups/2323/Groups/1041436 or http://bit.ly/FunWithHR
Our speaker today was Bill Ayub, Ventura County Sheriff.
 
Happy $’s: Bruce McGee,
 
 
The lucky raffle winner was Jeff Burgh!
Meeting January 27, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-01-27 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting January 20, 2022

Husam Hishmeh led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Last Saturday we did the Rise Above Hunger event. 3 Rotary Clubs, 1 Rotaract Club, 2 Interact Clubs and 1 Lions club came together and packaged 10,000 meals.
 
Board voted to donate $2,000 to the Reel Guppy’s Resource Center Project.
 
President Cal read a letter from Cypress Place thanking the club for the poinsettia donations.
 
 
Upcoming schedule:
  • Jan. – 27 -  Bill Ayub – Ventura County Sheriff
  • Jan. – 28-30 District Conference  CANCELED
  • Feb. – 3 Valentines for Non-Profits
  • Feb. – 10 Kevin Clerici – Downtown Ventura Partners
  • Feb. – 17  Social
  • Feb. 24 - Madhu Bajaj – Ventura Education Partnership
  • March 3 – OFF SITE MEETING – Pacific High School Farm – Joe Bova
Joe Bova gave us an update on what to expect at the offsite meeting at Pacific High School Farm.
 
Our program today was Margarida Eidson who spoke to us about the history of the Poinsettia Pavilion.
Meeting January 20, 2022 Jeff Hata 2022-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting January 13, 2022

President Cal was out today so Past President Jeff Burgh ran our meeting this week
 
Neil Lasilla was visiting from Ventura Rotary.
 
Carin Kally led the flag salute from zoom.
 
Kathy McGee gave the inspiration on if you see something, say something in our meetings.
 
Feb 17 – The Garage & Karinas – Social was rescheduled
 
We will have a meeting next Thursday since there is no social.
 
This Saturday from 9:30-12, Rise Against Hunger Event – outdoors, masks required.
 
David Maron gave a great report on the State of the Region from the VC Civic Alliance.
Meeting January 13, 2022 Ashley Pope 2022-01-13 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting December 2, 2021

Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute
 
Todd Juvonen gave our Inspirational Message
 
We need a member to help out due to Emily Barany taking a leave of absence.
 
Our opportunity drawing was $50 cash.
 
Margarida Eidson let us know how we did on Poinsettia Sales. The club sold 360 cases this year and could have sold more except we didn't have the inventory!
  • Bruce McGee sold the most cases this year!
  • Runner up in sales was Carin Kally.
  • Margarida Eidson passed around the sign up sheet for Families.
Margarida Eidson had two tickets to Immersive Van Gough if you can go tomorrow.
 
President Cal let us know that the President’s Elects for next year.
 
Upcoming dates:
  • Dec. 9 – program, member Interview
  • Dec. 11- Collecting for the Salvation Army at Ralphs  10:00 am till 6:00 pm
  • Dec. 12 -Collecting for the Salvation Army at Ralph’s  2:00 pm till 6:00 pm
  • Dec. 13 -Board Meeting @ Jeff Burghs office 5:30
  • Dec, 16 -Christmas Party Margarida Villa 6:30  then Island Packers 7:00
  • Dec. 23 -Dark
  • Dec. 30- Joint meeting with Ventura Downtown and Ventura South Holiday Celebration
 
Happy $’s: Carin Kally,
 
The opportunity drawing winner was Margarida Eidson
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Meeting November 11, 2021

Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute
 
Guest of Jeff  was Issac Hernandez guest of Margarida Eidson was Steve Eidson and guest of Joe Strohman was Olivia Strohman.
 
Tim Hughes gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Tim Hughes announced that the scholarship applications are available on the club website.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the RI Foundation. Vance Thompson, Todd Juvonen, Margarida Eidson, Dick Gallagher, President Cal and Dave Anderson were presented with Paul Harris Fellows.
 
President Cal passed around sign up sheets for Club Duties, Bell Ringing and Holiday party.
 
This weeks opportunity drawing was gift cards for Café Ficelle and Olive Ventura
 
The Poinsettia Pavilion is doing a pie fundraiser for Thanksgiving. Information is on the Club website.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about the Poinsettia Fundraiser.
 
Margarida Eidson also spoke about our Christmas for Military Families. We need 5 volunteers to shop.
 
Future programs are as follows.
  • Nov. 18 – Social  Vaquero Y Mar  (435 E. Thompson) 5:30
  • Nov. 25 – Happy Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 2 – Poinsettia plant delivery
  • Dec. 4 – More Poinsettia plans to deliver
Monday Board meeting at Jeff Burgh’s office
 
Olivia Strohman spoke about Ventura Rotaract. If you would like to donate for the Kids Christmas Party at City Center, please let Olivia or Joe Strohman know. City Center has about 52 kids that need to be shopped for.
 
Joint meeting with the other 2 Ventura Rotary Clubs on December 30th.
 
For our program today, Joe Strohman interviewed the veteran’s in our club.
 
Opportunity Drawing winner was Issac Hernandez.
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Meeting November 4, 2021

Bruce McGee led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Rich Stewart sold raffle tickets for our Opportunity Drawing. $50 cash donated by Bill Gray.
 
President Cal thanked everyone for their participation in completing the club questionnaire.
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bruce McGee introduced our guest today = Roy Lee
 
President Cal asked for volunteers to sponsor the Ventura Room for our meetings.
 
President’s announcements:
  • Nov.  11 – Joe Strohman  Member Interview
  • Nov. 18 – Social  Vaquero Y Mar  (435 E. Thompson) 5:30
  • Nov. 25 – Happy Thanksgiving
Margarida Eidson spoke about Poinsettia sales. We are at 100 and we have 300 cases to sell.
 
If you need pies for Thanksgiving, the Poinsettia Pavilion is offering pies!
 
Margarida Eidson also let us know that our caterer Stacey fell and broke her hip.
 
We are doing Christmas for Military Families again this year. If you are interested, please let Margarida Eidson know.
 
We are scheduled to do Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army on December 11th from 1:00 – 6:00 and Sunday December 12th from 2:00 – 6:00
 
Next week is Veteran’s Day and Joe Strohman will be interviewing our veteran’s.
 
President Cal will be trying to end the meetings at 1:15 going forward.
 
Our speaker today was Amy Bailey, Executive Director from the Ventura Family YMCA.
 
Jim Word asked for volunteers to help the Friends of the Library with a book sale this Saturday.
 
Happy $’s: Adonis Campillo, Jeff Hata, Margarida Eidson,
 
Rich Stewart conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Husam Hishmeh
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Meeting October 28, 2021

We were led in the Flag Salute today by Harriet Clune.
 
President Cal passed around a sign up sheet for club duties.
 
Emily Barany is taking a leave of absence. We need a volunteer to help out with Community Service.
 
Carin Kally gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Sharon Daly announced that Mossy Foot will be distributing their annual Christmas Catalog.
 
Rich Stewart was selling raffle tickets for $50 cash generously donated by Husam Hishmeh.
 
President Cal asked for sponsors to hold our meeting in the Ventura Room.
 
October is Polio Awareness month and we did a fundraiser with Downtown and the turn out was pretty good. President Cal thanked Bruce McGee and Tim Hughes for coming early and helping with the set-up.
 
Please push Poinsettia Sales! We have only sold 50 of 350 cases.
 
Bruce McGee asked members to reach out to Midge Stork and call or visit. If you can take her a meal that would be great!  Please respond to the membership survey. We need the information.
 
Kevin Brannon from Reel Guppy Outdoors was our speaker today.
 
Happy $’s: President Cal, Jeff Hata, Harriet Clune
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Meeting October 14, 2021

Dick Gallagher led us in the Salute to the Flag
 
Harriet Clune is recovering from a recent illness and she is home and doing well. There was a card being passed around for Harriet.
 
Jeff Burgh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Rich Stewart was selling raffle tickets for the Opportunity Drawing. The prize was $50 gift card to Eddie's Grill donated by Ashley Pope.
 
Judy Hoag donated a book from Eric Nicolet to be auctioned to the club. The funds will be donated to Polio +
 
Ventura Downtown will be having a fundraiser for Polio which they have asked us to be partners in. The BBQ dinner will ne Tuesday evening October 26th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $40.00 per person or $70.00 per couple. Please contact President Cal if you are interested in attending.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about Poinsettia sales.
 
Jim Emch Memorial is Friday at Poinsettia Pavilion from 3 – 5.
 
Santa Paula Rotary is in need of volunteers for the pumpkin patch Saturday or Sunday through the month of October.
 
President Cal raised
 
President’s announcements:
  • October 18 – Board Meeting 5:30
  • October 21 – Club Social Peirano’s  5:30 – 7:00  204 E. Main St.
  • October 25 – World Polio Day
  • October 28 – Kevin Brannon from Reel Anglers Outdoors
  • Nov. 4- Amy Baily from Ventura Family YMCA
  • Nov.  11 – Joe Strohman  Member Interview
  • Nov. 18 – Social  Yaquero Y Mar  (on Thompson)
  • Nov. 25 – Happy Thanksgiving
Our program today was Joe Strohman interviewing Joe Bova.
 
The winner of the raffle prize was Judy Hoag!

 
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Meeting October 7, 2021

We were led in the Flag Salute by Carin Kally.
 
Todd Juvonen introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Harriet Clune gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Rich Stewart was selling raffle tickets $50 gift card to Trader Joe’s.
 
October is Polio Awareness month.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about Poinsettia sales. Please keep Margarida informed on how many cases you’ve sold. We will also be sending out a list of past people you’ve sold to Poinsettia’s too to contact.
 
The Santa Paula Rotary Club is looking for volunteers to help with the Pumpkin Patch weekends in October.
 
Upcoming events:
  • October 14 – Joe Strohman – Member Interview: Joe Bova
  • October 18 – Board Meeting 5:30
  • October 21 – Club Social Peirano’s  5:30 – 7:00  204 E. Main St.
  • October 25 – World Polio Day
  • October 28 – Kevin Brannon - Reel Guppy Outdoors
 
 
Our speaker was Sandee Milton who spoke about Ventura School of Nursing.
Then Jeff Hata gave us a primer on ClubRunner.
 
Emily Barany thanked everyone for showing up at the FoodShare pop-up.
 
Happy $’s: Karin Cally, President Cal
 
The opportunity drawing winner was Bruce McGee!
Meeting October 7, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 30, 2021

We were led in the Flag Salute by Bruce McGee.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Rich Stewart is selling tickets for a $50 spa gift card.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about Poinsettia sales. We have sold 33 cases already!!! Remember, we are looking for donations to give to Cypress Place.
 
Santa Paula Rotary is running their pumpkin patch this year and would like volunteers for any Saturday or Sunday in October. Contact President Cal if you are interested.
 
Thank you Emily Barany for setting up the FoodShare event yesterday.
 
President Cal presented Sharon Daly and Mossy Foot a $2,000 check for FoodShare! Sharon reported that there were only 2 wild cases of polio reported last year!
 
Emily Barany presented Breanne Foster with a Rotary Employee of the Quarter award.
 
President’s announcements
 
  • October 7 – Jeff Hata will recap to our members how to work with “Club Runner”   Also we will also have Sara Milton, Director of V C Nursing Program
  • October 14 – Joe Strohman – Member Interview
  • October 18 – Board Meeting 5:30
  • October 21 – Club Social Peirano’s  5:30 – 7:00  204 E. Main St.
  • October 25 – World Polio Day
  • October 28 – Kevin Brannon - Reel Guppy Outdoors
Our speaker today was Derek Towers and Jeff Hereford with the City of Ventura Active Transportation plan.
 
Happy $’s: Rich Stewart, Margarida Eidson
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Meeting September 23, 2021

We were led in the Flag Salute by Vance Thompson
 
Guests & Visiting Rotarians Kevin Daly, Diana Cleveland
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message and he showed the video of made by the District of the 3 Ventura Clubs.
 
President Cal gave Rich Stewart a bottle of wine for reading and catching an error in The Breeze, but President Cal believes Harriet Clune really found the error and gave Harriet a bottle of wine also!
 
Ojai Rotary is selling a wine passport as a fundraiser since they can’t do the wine festival this year. The passports expire mid-November.
 
President Cal thanked the board for meeting a week early.
 
October is Polio Awareness month. Downtown usually does a dinner fundraiser and is asking if we would like to join them.
 
Rich Stewart spoke about the passing of former member Jim Emch.
 
Happy $’s: President Cal, Husam Hishmeh, Harriet Clune, Margarida Eidson
 
Todd Juvonen donated a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch for the Opportunity Drawing.
 
Judy Hoag spoke to Midge Stork today. Midge would love to have visitors to come for coffee.
 
Vance Thompson spoke about the increase in suicides among children 10 – 18 years of age.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about Poinsettia sales. There were flyers on the tables. Poinsettia deliveries will be December 2nd and 4th.
 
Rich Stewart spoke about reinstituting craft talks and then did a craft talk.
 
President Cal won the Opportunity Drawing today.
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Meeting September 9, 2021

The meeting started with the club taking a moment of silence for those lost on 9/11 and then the club sang God Bless America.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests: Sharron, a broker with Berkshire Hathaway
 
Hussam Hishmeh donated $$ because he had to leave early.
 
Rich Stewart sold raffle tickets for $50 worth of chocolate. It seemed to be a popular gift!
 
Margarida Eidson reported that we will be delivering poinsettias on Dec 2 & Dec 4.
 
Joe Bova shared with us about VUSD’s projects -  Sa’aliyas Ranch
 
Upcoming Events
Social at Waters Edge- Sept 16
Rise Against Hunger – Sept 18 at Poinsettia
Board Meeting – Sept 20
VCMC Nursing Program – Sept 23
City of Ventura Active Transportation – Sept 30
 
The animals in peace and war was very interesting!
 
Happy $'s: Sharon Daly & Margarida Eidson
Meeting September 9, 2021 Ashley Pope 2021-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

Preparing for a Tax-Free Retirement with Juvonen Insurance & Financial Services

Ventura Chamber Lunch & Learn Presented by Todd Juvonen
 
Preparing for a Tax-Free Retirement
What every business owner needs to know about saving for the future
Free copy of the bestselling and must-read tax book, “Tax Free Retirement” for attending.

 
With a rapidly ballooning national debt and numerous proposed changes to the income tax code, there’s never been a more important time to learn about sound tax planning strategies that can help you avoid the common savings mistakes and potentially save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary taxes in the future.
 
Learn about:
- How most retirement savings plans work
- Individual vs workplace plans pros and cons
- Little known strategies to reduce income taxes in retirement
- If you should convert your IRA to a Roth IRA
- How to create a potentially tax-free future cash flow
- How to reduce taxes on Social Security benefits
 
This is a free event! Registration Required for lunch.
 
Event details: http://ventura.chambermaster.com/events/details/lunch-and-learn-preparing-for-a-tax-free-retirement-with-juvonen-insurance-financial-services-21575
Register (for lunch count): https://ventura.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/21575
Preparing for a Tax-Free Retirement with Juvonen Insurance & Financial Services 2021-09-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 2, 2021

Oscar Hernandez led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Rich Stewart introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Visiting today was Diana Cleveland.
 
President Cal let the club know about the mask policy adopted by the Board.
 
Jeff Burgh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
The opportunity drawing today was $50 cash donated by Bruce McGee.
 
President Cal reminded the club that if they know of any young people who want to join a great club, don’t forget Rotaract.
 
District Conference has been pushed back to January 2022 and will be relocated to Santa Barbara.
 
Bruce McGee presented Oscar Hernandez and Emily Barany their blue badges.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke to us about next weeks program.
 
Upcoming events:
  • September 9 – Robin Hutton Animals in War and Peace
  • September 13 – Board Meeting Jeff Burgh’s office  5:30
  • September 16 – 3rd Thursday Waters edge restaurant at Ventura Harbor
  • September 23 – Sarah Melton, Director of V. C. Nursing program
  • September 30 – Derek Towes, City of Ventura Active Transportation
 
Margarida spoke about the upcoming Poinsettia sales!
 
Todays program was the club assembly!
 
Happy $’s: Emily Barany, President Cal, Todd Juvonen, Carin Kally
 
Our guest, Diana Cleveland won the Opportunity Drawing!
Meeting September 2, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 26, 2021

Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Our raffle prize was $50 cash generously donated by President Cal.
 
Adonis Campillo gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Cal spoke about DG Dana’s visit last week and the backpack project. Thank you for participating
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the Puzzle Competion. Everyone had a lot of fun and it was a great event!
 
Future programs are as follows
  • September 2 – T. B. A.
  • September 9 – Robin Hutton Animals in War and Peace
  • September 13 – Board Meeting Jeff Burgh’s office  5:30
  • September 16 – 3rd Thursday Waters edge restaurant at Ventura Harbor
  • September 23 – Sarah Melton, Director of V. C. Nursing program
  • September 30 – Derek Towes, City of Ventura Active Transportation
Interact started school a few weeks ago. We will be checking in with them to get the club going.
Rotaract is here to present today, but if you have any young professionals in your company or know of any young professionals who want to get involved, refer them to Rotaract.
 
Sign in sheets being passed around for club duties.
 
This was Tom Swan’s last official meeting with the club. Best of luck in your travels and stop in and visit when you are back this way!
 
Emily Barany spoke about her community service survey. Please answer the survey so we can put together service opportunities.
 
Rotaract President spoke about Rotaract.
 
Gracie Hrabek spoke about a project she did in Ethiopia.
 
Husam Hishmeh spoke about membership from a district level.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about club membership.
 
Happy $’s: President Cal, Tom Swan, Husam Hismeh, Ashley Pope
Meeting August 26, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 12, 2021

Margarida Eidson led us in the Flag Saltue
 
Todd Juvonen gave our Inspirational Message
 
President Cal let us know sign ups for the Puzzle Contest and Club Duties were being passed around
Backpack project this Saturday.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the puzzle competition on August 22nd. Cost is $60 per team of 4 people
50% of proceeds to to the club and 50% to Autism Society.
 
Upcoming dates:
  • August 16 – NO BOARD MEETING
  • August 19 – 3rd Thursday – Social...Winchesters on Main Street 5:30
  • August 22 – Puzzle Competition
  • August 26 – Grace Hrabak – Service Project to Ethiopia
  • September 2 – T. B. A.
  • September 9 – Robin Hutton Animals in War and Peace
Bruce McGee presented blue badges to Adonis Campillo, Joe Bova & Dawn Knowles.
 
This weekend is the Rubicon play. We have our people who will be serving as ushers.
 
Our speaker today was District Governor Dana Moldavan.
 
Sam Marsh presented a Paul Harris Fellow to Joe Bova.
 
D.G. Dana and Bruce McGee presented Husam Hishmeh & Steve Harbison with Paul Harris Fellows
 
Ashley Pope and Olivia Strohman spoke about Rotaract.
 
Our lucky raffle winner was our Scholarship recipient.
 
Happy $’s: President Cal, Sam Marsh, Bruce McGee, Husam Hishmeh, Mary McBride, Bill Spellman, DG Dana Moldavan, Tom Swan, Cherie Edwards
Meeting August 12, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mentor California Partner with Rotary

BBSVC: BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AND MENTOR CALIFORNIA KICK OFF 
A STATEWIDE BACK-TO-SCHOOL CAMPAIGN WITH PARTNERS
 
If you would like photo or video content of the Back 2 School supply stuffing or distribution events, please email dselvaggio@bbsvc.org - an album and video reel will be available after all backpacks are distributed.
 

 
As part of a first-ever statewide collaboration with MENTOR California, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) is hosting a Back 2 School Backpack Drive that will equip over 1,500 students in the Ventura County community with the tools necessary for educational success. Essential school supplies will be provided by the Rotary Clubs of Ventura County. Backpacks will be donated by NBA and NFL state franchises, community partners such as PODS, and other local nonprofit agencies such as Kids & Families Together and Safe Passage. BBSVC will also sign up youth for the agency’s one-to-one mentoring program that builds college and career readiness, socioemotional health, and a sense of belonging and connectedness. 
Joining Big Brothers Big Sisters in organizing the drive in Ventura County is the region’s Rotary collective – four Rotary groups that make up all 20 clubs across the county.  BBSVC, Kids & Families Together, Safe Passage, and Rotary have organized backpack-stuffing and distribution events in each area of the county, arranging careful health precautions against COVID-19 during these events. 
 
In addition, PODS is supporting the campaign through media outreach, encouraging community members to match donations of backpacks and school supplies by shopping for BBSVC at their Back 2 School Amazon wishlist or making a donation directly to the agency.

"This school year represents hope for our youth to return to safe and familiar learning environments,” says Lynne West, BBSVC CEO. “By collaborating with Rotary and our community partners, we can celebrate our students and ensure that they have what they need to start the school year off right.” 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) has been serving youth in the area through one-to-one mentoring relationships for over 50 years. A leading organization since 1970, BBSVC is a gold standard and quality award affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most effective youth mentoring program. 
 
 
DANICA SELVAGGIO
Vice President of Programs
Pronouns: she/her/hers  
 
OFFICE: 805.484.2282 ext 123
FAX: 805.484.3859
555 Airport Way, Suite D, Camarillo 93010
Visit us at bbsvc.org
 
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mentor California Partner with Rotary 2021-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 5, 2021

Tim Hughes led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Rich Stewart was selling raffle tickets for a hand turned food safe bowl
 
Rich Stewart was looking for more volunteers to help with ushering at the Rubicon in Ojai.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the Puzzle competition.
 
Back pack project is scheduled for August 14th. We are partnering with Ventura Downtown Lions this year.
 
We are looking for volunteers for the membership spotlight. Oscar Hernandez spoke about the program.
Please volunteer to participate to help boost our social media.
 
We will be meeting in the Santa Paula room for a few more weeks.
 
Next week will be our District Governor’s official visit.
 
President’s announcements:
  • August 12 – District Governor Dana Moldavan
  • August 14 – Saturday 10:00 am. Fill backpacks….1838 Thompson Blvd. Ventura
  • August 16 – Board Meeting 5:30pm Jeff Burg’s office
  • August 19 – 3rd Thursday – Social...Winchesters on Main Street 5:30
  • August 22 – Puzzle Competition
  • August 26 – Grace Hrabak – Service Project to Ethiopia
  • September 2 – T. B. A.
Joe Bova introduced Guadalupe who was a Bob Pazen scholarship winner.
 
Harriet Clune introduced Sebastian, 4 Way Test Essay winner. Sebastian was accompanied by his mother Katherine.
 
Ashley Pope is asking members to seek out potential Rotaract members. Yearly dues are only $40/year!
 
Sharon Daly let us know that Mossy Foot was voted #1 of all non-profits in Ethiopia.
 
Emily Barany said that she is working on our Community Service plan so if there is anything you want to work on, contact Emily.
 
Ashley Pope and Joe Bova will be working together on RYLA.
 
Our speaker today was Beverly Ward from the Rubicon.
 
Happy $’s: Tim Hughes, Harriet Clune
 
Our lucky raffle winner was Harriet Clune
Meeting August 5, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
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Meeting July 22, 2021

Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Margarida Eidson introduced guests and visiting Rotarians
Guest of Tom Swan was Georganna Hawley and guest of Jeff Hata was Christine Grennier.
 
Ventura room is a little larger, so our expense is slightly higher. We need volunteers to sponsor each month to help offset the additional cost. Thank you to Margarida Eidson for sponsoring for this month
 
Get well card for Sharon Daly going around as well as signup sheets for club duties and Volunteer sheet for backpack project.
 
Carin Kally gave our Inspirational Message
 
Raffle prize $50 cash donated by Tim Hughes.
 
Presidents announcements:
Backpack project is scheduled or August 15th at Car Care on Thompson.
 
July 15th was the celebration of life. The evening was Terrific. Thank you to Bruce McGee, Vance Thompson and Margarida Eidson for helping with the evening.
 
Rich Stewart needs more volunteers for ushering for the Rubicon in Ojai.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the upcoming Puzzle contest being held at the Ventura Family YMCA.
 
Ashley Pope said she went to Rotaract and they really want to grow their club. Dues are $40/year.
 
Upcoming dates:
  • July 29 – Jim Duran….City Center
  • August 5 – Beverly Ward….Rubicon
  • August 12 - YMCA
  • August 13, 14, & 15 Usher in Ojai for Rubicon
  • August 14 –Fill the Backpacks
  • August 16 Board Meeting…Jeff Burghs office 5:30
  • August  19th – Dark…Winchesters on Main Street 5:30
  • August 22 - Puzzle Competition
  • August 26 – Grace Hrabak..Ethiopia Missionary work
 
Joe Strohman is signing the scholarship checks!
 
Tim Hughes introduced Mason Borowski who was the third place finisher in our 2020 4 Way Test Essay contest winner.
 
Bruce McGee recognized Tim Hughes with a Paul Harris Fellow award.
 
Our speaker today was Jeff Moorhouse with Angel Flight West.
 
Happy $’s: Sam Marsh, Bruce McGee, Jeff Hata, Harriet Clune, President Cal,
 
The lucky raffle winner was Harriet Clune.
Meeting July 22, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 8, 2021

Jeff Hata led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Emily Barany gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about the Meal Train for Sharon Daly. Sharon is doing well and appreciates the generosity of the club.
 
This we have the opportunity to go up to Ojai and see a play that Bill Spellman is directing. It is an afternoon matinee so we are making reservations for dinner following the play.
 
Presidents Announcements:
  • Rich Stewart spoke about ushering for Rubicon at Villanova Prep.
  • Downtown has asked for help with the backpack project on August 14th. More information to follow.
  • Group 7 is also doing a backpack project in conjunction with the NFL and Big Brothers Big Sisters
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the memorial service for fallen members
 
Bob Pazen Nursing Scholarship Recipients:
                      
                                         Husam Hishmeh presented                                Carin Kalley presented                                  Jim Word presented                                    Todd Juvonen presented
                                               Danielle Thompson                                          Pauline Reynosa                                         Florianna Castella                                              Erika Mendez
 
Gerry Pantoja and Anne King spoke about the Ventura Community College Foundation.
Meeting July 8, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 1, 2021

We were led in the Flag Salute by Vance Thompson.
 
Harriet Clune gave our Inspirational Message
 
Opportunity Drawing was $50 gift card to Trader Joe’s donated by Carin Kally
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about Sharon Daly broke her foot and we are setting up a meal train to take Sharon food.
 
President Cal spoke about the Step Down and what a great time it was. He thanked Margarida Eidson and Jeff Burgh for putting on a great event.
 
Rubicon is inviting Rotary to usher a show. Rich Stewart let spoke about the Rubicon’s summer series with the youth.
 
Margarida Eidson is putting together a group to see the play Family Furniture at the Ojai Arts Center Theater. July 11th at 2:oo
 
Tom Crozier has submitted an application for membership!
 
President's announcements:
  • President Cal gave everyone a 4-Way Test coin.
  • Fundraisers for the upcoming year:
  • Poinsettia Sales
  • Need to find a 2nd fundraiser and need community projects.
  • We will be implementing a mentorship program for new members.
 
Avenues of Service:
Ashley Pope = Youth Service is planning to run the puzzle contest again this year. Date will be coming but we are looking at August.
 
Husah Hishmeh let us know that he will be the District Membership Director for the next 2 years!
 
We are looking at signing up to pack food at FoodShare.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that we are looking for Employees of the Quarter. Adonis Camplillo will be helping Joe with Vocational this year.
 
Nursing Scholarship winners will be here next week. Jerry Pantoja will be here to talk about the Ventura College Foundation.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about District Youth Service. Planning on doing a Youth international trip.
District Conference is in Ventura in October.
 
Happy $’s: Adonis Campillo, Husam Hishmeh, Margarida Eidson
 
Opportunity Drawing Winner was Tom Crozier
Meeting July 1, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 17, 2021

Carin Kally led us in the Flag Salute
 
President’s announcements:
  • June 24th – DARK
  • June 25th District Awards and Year-End Celebration
  • June 26th – 57th Annual Service Above Self Recognition Banquet
  • July 1st – Cal Magro – President 2021, 2022
  • July 8th – Nurses Scholarships
  • July 15th – Social on the Rotary Plaza at the Ventura Botanical Gardens
  • July 22nd – Jeff Moorhouse – Angel Flight
  • July 29th - City Center
Bruce McGee spoke about our first Social on July 15th at Rotary Plaza. This will be a memorial for Tom Hashbarger, John Borneman, Ron Polito, and Bob Lynn. All Rotarians who we lost during the pandemic.
 
Cal Magro and Bruce McGee spoke about a Habitat for Humanity build that was done by Rotarians, Interactors and Rotaractors.
 
Joe Strohman led our program today which was the Ron Hertel 4 Way Test Essay Contest winners for 2020 & 2021.
 
Happy $’s: Cal Magro, Ashley Pope, President Margarida
 
The club sang Happy Birthday to PE Cal Magro!
Meeting June 17, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 10, 2021

Tim Hughes led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Burgh introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of the Dawn Knowles, Rocky Ludes, Richard Jimenez, Carol Marquez, Jerry Dannenberg
 
Presidents Announcements:
  • June 21st – Board Meeting
  • June 24th - DARK
  • June 26th – 57th Annual Service Above Self Recognition Banquet
  • July 1st – Cal Magro
  • July 8th – Nurses Scholarships
  • July 15th – Social on the Rotary Plaza at the Ventura Botanical Gardens
  • July 22nd – Jeff Moorhouse – Angel Flight
If you have something for silent auction for the Step Down bring it to Margarida.
 
Ashley Pope said school is out and there is a new Interact Board that Ashley will be working with over the summer.
 
Joe Strohman interviewed Dr. Rafael Canton who celebrated his 100th birthday!!!
Meeting June 10, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 3, 2021

Tom Swan led us in the Flag Salute
 
Ken Kagan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Jim Word was Alberta Word, visiting today was Ron Allen
 
President’s announcements:
  • June 17th – 4 Way Test luncheon
  • June 21st – Board Meeting
  • June 24th - DARK
  • June 26th – 57th Annual Service Above Self Recognition Banquet
  • July 1st – Cal Magro
  • July 8th – Nurses Scholarships
  • July 15th – Social on the Rotary Plaza at the Ventura Botanical Gardens
  • July 22nd – Jeff Moorhouse – Angel Flight
Her Drive continues for Interact.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about membership and asked everyone to look at who is not attending the meetings and give them a call and make sure they are OK.
 
Our program today was Evan Hilgmann from JPL, speaking about Mars Rover.
 
Happy $’s: Rich Stewart, Bruce McGee
Meeting June 3, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-06-03 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 27, 2021

Harriet led us in the Salute to the Flag
 
Joe Strohman introduced guests and visiting Rotarinas
 
Guest of President Margarida was her husband Steve Eidson, Guest of the President was Neal Pulido. Also visiting was Israel
 
Opportunity drawing $50 gift certificate to Lalo’s
 
President’s announcements:
  • June 10th – Rafael 100th Birthday Celebration
  • June 17th – 4 Way Test luncheon
  • June 21st – Board Meeting
  • June 24th - DARK
  • June 26th – Step down for Jeff B and Margarida
Sharon Daly asked for volunteers to join a committee to put together a Global Grant for Mossy Foot. Thank you to Harriet Clune for volunteering first.
Also, trying to put together a trip
 
Joe Strohman talked to us about Food Share
  • June 5th – Habitat for Humanity build with Interact and Rotaract between 9 & 2.
  • For Rafael Canton’s Birthday celebration, Rich Stewart is helping Joe go through the alumni to try invite some of them.
June 8th – Nursing Scholarship recipients will be here.
 
Bruce McGee – Membership
  • July 15th – Social / Memorial for John Borneman and Tom Hashbarger
  • Think about reaching out to members who are not on Zoom or attending meetings and invite them to participate.
  • PHS: Jeff Burgh, Harriet, Maraida, Dick Gallagher, Ken Kagen, Cal Magro, Husam, Laura Shannon, Bill Spellman, Tom Swan, Monte Widders
Our speaker today was Sheriff Bill Ayub.
 
Happy $’s: Todd Juvonen,
 
Our lucky Opportunity Drawing winner was Bruce McGee!
Meeting May 27, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 20, 2021

Tim Hughes conducted our scholarship ceremony! Thank you Tim!!!
 
President’s announcements:
  • May 27th - Sheriff Bill Ayub
  • June 2nd –  Food Share distribution – Contact Joe
  • June 3rd –  Evan Hillgemann – JPL – on the Perseverance Mars Rover
  • June 10th – Rafael Canton 100th Birthday Celebration
  • June 17th – 4 Way Test presentation
  • June 21st – Board Meeting
  • June 24th – Dark
  • June 26th – Step Down for both Presidents, Jeff Burgh and Margarida Eidson at 5:00pm in parking lot of the Poinsettia Pavilion
Ashley Pope reminded us that Interact is conducting the Her Drive. Please drop off donations at the Pavilion.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Gray, Harriet Clune
Meeting May 20, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

President's Message May 20, 2021

We had our first live meeting, and it was wonderful to see everyone after such a long time.
 
We inducted Oscar Hernandez into our Rotary family and we know he is going to be a great Rotarian. 
 
Thank you, Joe, for always doing such a wonderful job interviewing our Rotarians, we learned a lot more about Rich Stewart.
 
A great big Thank you to Cal for every week helping with the distribution of the Thursday dinners at the Poinsettia Pavilion and Thank you to Laura for covering for me at the dinner distributions while I was in Florida.
 
This week we will have our Scholarship Awards Meeting. We will be giving out money to 22 high school seniors and 17 returning college students in a total amount of $125,000.00.
 
Our meeting will begin at 11:45 and we will have the Scholarship Awards first.
 
We will be live from the Poinsettia Pavilion main ballroom (Ventura Room) but we are still running Zoom for any member that cannot attend in person for any reason.
 
The California Guidelines are different from the CDC information released last week.
“Until June 15, when California plans to fully reopen the economy, we are keeping our existing guidance around masks in place.
As of May 3, 2021, face coverings are no longer required outdoors except at crowded events, and for unvaccinated people, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
In indoor settings outside of one’s home, including public transportation and schools, face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status.”
 
Please make sure you bring your mask and keep it until you sit at your table for lunch.
 
Zoomers we will still have the breakout rooms, but they will be in the middle of the meeting.
 
Looking forward to seeing you at our future programs and events coming up:
 
  • May 27th –    Sheriff Bill Ayub
  • June 3rd –      Evan Hillgemann – JPL – on the Perseverance Mars Rover
  • June 10th –    Rafael Canton 100th Birthday Celebration
  • June 17th –    4 Way Test presentation
  • June 21st –    Board Meeting
  • June 24th –    Dark
  • June 26th –    Step Down for both Presidents, Jeff Burgh and Margarida Eidson at 5:00pm in parking lot of the Poinsettia Pavilion
 
I hope you join me at our regular meetings every Thursday live at the Poinsettia Pavilion or via Zoom.
Serving with a smile
President's Message May 20, 2021 Margarida Eidson 2021-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 13, 2021

Karin Cally led us in the Flag Salute
 
Rich Stewart introduced guests and visiting Rotarians
 
Our guests and visiting Rotarians today: Guest of Tom Swan was Georgana Hawley and visiting from Ventura Downtown was Dawn Knowles.
 
President’s Announcements:
  • May 27th - Sheriff Bill Ayub
  • June 3rd  - Evan Hillgemann – JPL – on the Perseverance Mars Rover
  • June 10th - Rafael Canton 100th Birthday Celebration
  • June 17th  - 4 Way Test presentation
  • June 21st  - Board Meeting
  • June 24th - Dark
  • June 26th - Step Down for both Presidents, Jeff Burgh and Margarida Eidson at 5:00pm in parking lot of the Poinsettia Pavilion
Laura donated a $50 gift certificate to Café Zack!
 
Avenues of Service:
Sharon Daly reported that Polio went from 196 cases to 140 in 2020 and 2 cases so far in 2021.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that the
  • June 17th 4 Way Test award winners will be here.
  • July 7th – Bob Pazen Nursing recipients
  • June 2nd – Foodshare
 
Ashley Pope told us about Interact’s Her Drive. We need women’s sanitary supplies donated.
 
Oscar Hernandez was inducted into the club!
 
Bruce McGee welcomed Oscar to the club. Bruce also acknowledged Husam Hishmeh for being selected to work with the District Membership Committee.
Bruce also gave a recap of recent membership committee meetings.
 
Joe Strohman interviewed Rich Stewart.
 
Happy $’s: Todd Juvonen, Cal Magro, Tom Swan, President Margarida, Bruce McGee
 
The winner of the opportunity drawing was Jeff Burgh!
Meeting May 13, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 6, 2021

Meeting May 6, 2021
 
Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Jeff Hata donated a loaf of fresh homemade sourdough and a bottle of wine for today’s Opportunity Drawing.
 
President’s Announcements
  • May 17th – Board Meeting
  • May 20th – Scholarship distribution meeting in the large room
  • May 27th – Sheriff Bill Ayub
  • June 3rd –   Evan Hillgemann – JPL Perseverance Mars Rover
  • June 10th – Rafael Canton 100th Birthday Celebration
  • June 17th – 4 Way Test
  • June 21st – Board Meeting
  • June 24th – Dark
  • June 26th – Step Down 4:30pm parking lot of the Poinsettia Pavilion
 
Ashley Pope said that Interact is doing a “Her Drive”. Ashley will let us know what they need or reach out to Ashley.
 
Joe Strohman said we had a great turn out for FoodShare distribution at Oxnard Park.
  • 4Way Test judges are reviewing the entries.
  • June 17th we will award the winners of the 4 Way Test essay contest.
Sharon Daly started on a new sequence of the project in Ethiopia being done by Mossy Foot. It will be an educational program on foot care to help prevent Mossy Foot Disease.
 
Ashley reported on how our meetings will be run as hybrid starting next week. We need volunteers to be our Covid Sanitation person and our Zoom Liaison person.
 
Our program today was Clint Garman speaking about Feed805
 
Happy $’s: Wendy Pazen, President Margarida, Cal Magro
 
Opportunity Drawing winner was President Margarida
Meeting May 6, 2021 2021-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting April 29, 2021

Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute
 
President’s Announcements
  • May 13th - 1st Live/Hybrid meeting at the Pavilion
  • May 17th – Board Meeting
  • May 20th – Scholarship distribution
  • May 22nd - Board Retreat – Poinsettia Pavilion 9 to noon
  • May 27th – Sheriff Bill Ayub
  • June 3rd – Evan Hillgeman – JPL – Perseverance
  • June 10th – Rafael 100th Birthday Celebration
  • June 17th – 4 Way Test luncheon
  • June 24th - DARK
  • June 26th – Step downs for Past President Jeff Burgh and President Margarida
Opportunity Drawing was donated by Ashley Pope. Detail job at Eight O Five Detail!
 
Avenues of Service
Amber Stevens reminded us about the Elmhurst playground painting this weekend.
 
Sharon Daly said the African countries have pretty much been spared from COVID-19. There is a serious need to provide them with clean water for cooking and sanitation.
 
Joe Strohman has a FoodShare distribution set up for May 5th.
             All 4Way Test Essays are in and are currently being reviewed by the panel.
             Nursing Scholarships are all $1,000 each and we will be awarding 5 Scholarships.
 
Our speakers today were Mike Jump and Joshua Varela from the Family Justice Center.
 
President Margarida presented Mike Jump with a check from our Club Foundation for $2,000.
 
Happy $’s: Carin Kally, Rich Stewart, President Margarida
 
Our Opportunity Drawing winner was Bill Spellman
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Meeting April 22, 2021

Laura Shannon led us in the Flag Salute
 
Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
Laura Shannon gave our Inspirational Message
 
President’s Announcements
  • May 6th –      Clint Garman Feed 805
  • May 13th –    1st live meeting at the Pavilion in the large room
  • May 17th –    Board Meeting
  • May 20th –    Scholarship distribution meeting in the large room
  • May 27th –    Sheriff Bill Ayub
  • June 3rd –      Evan Hillgemann – JPL Perseverance Mars Rover
  • June 10th –    Rafael Canton 100th Birthday Celebration
  • June 17th –    4 Way Test
  • June 21st –    Board Meeting
  • June 24th –    Dark
  • June 26th –    Step Down 4pm parking lot of the Poinsettia Pavilion
 
Harriet Clune donated $50 cash for today’s Opportunity Drawing.
 
Avenues of Service:
Joe Strohman let us know FoodShare Distribution May 5th
We received 5 Scholarship applications for the Bob Pazen Memorial Scholarship and we will give all 5 $1,000 scholarships.
4 Way Test Essay contest entries are coming in fast and furious. Presentation will be June 17th.
Foundation meeting last night and ideas are being discussed on how to recognize Ron Polito.
 
Ashley Pope met with Interact Tuesday and Interact is working on a project for the “Her
Continuing Pen Pal project with Special Education students.
Attended District Assembly and learned a lot!
 
Community Service is still working on Feed805. If you picked up a bag, please return it filled with canned goods.
 
Our speaker today was Angie Brinkhoff, Executive Director, Autism Society Ventura County.
 
Happy $’s: Ashley Pope, Bruce McGee
 
The opportunity drawing winner was Carin Kally! Carin asked for another name to be drawn and that winner was Laura Shannon. Laura donated the $50 to Gavin’s Team!
 
Tim Hughes read a thank you letter from Amber Nozi, one of our four year scholarship recipients, who is graduating this year!
Meeting April 22, 2021 Jeff Hata 2021-04-22 07:00:00Z 0

Letter from 2020 Scholarship Recipient Alireza Taeb

Dear Joe Strohman
I hope this email finds you well. My name is Alireza Taeb(Ollie), I was one of the scholarship recipients from the last academic year, which I think was around July, 2020.   I'm almost halfway through my freshman year at Uc Davis, and so far it has been the craziest experience of my life when it comes to my personal and professional growth. 
 
You might ask what is the purpose of this long and dreadful email, as I am very well aware that you and your fellow Rotarians are busy and occupied with your professional lives. Well I just wanted to say Thank you and give you a look on my experience at college. And the impact that you guys had on it. If it wasn't for the generous help of the Rotary Club of Ventura East, I would not have been able to move to campus and gain the full experience of independence and being outside of my intellectual bubble. The opportunity to move away from home has forced me to grow and adapt in many ways, needless to say that it was very difficult but I am grateful for it. 
 
As I mentioned in my previous application my commitment and journey with Rotary and it's principles will go much further than just my Interact career. I am currently serving as the District Rotract Representative for District 5240, with my friend and colleague Elijah Harnar. In this position I've had the pleasure of working with many bright minded individuals including the Ventura Rotaract team. And I seriously cannot wait for circumstances to give us more flexibility in what we can accomplish. I think it's worth mentioning that as soon as I got to campus, I searched for the UC Davis Rotaract club. Long story short I'm also an active member of the UCD Rotaract club and I attend their meetings regularly. Also definitely looking to get more involved as we move forwards. 
 
Please feel free to share this with your fellow Rotarians to let them know that I have not forgotten about their generous help, and I'm still seeking to pay it forward in whatever way I can. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alireza Taeb
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Meeting April 15, 2021

Joe Bova led us in the Salute to the Flag today.
 
Guest of Emily Barany was Eric Knight. Guest of Margarida Eidson was Dawn Knowles (Downtown Rotarian) and also visiting was Ron Allen
 
Laura Shannon gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Announcements:
  • April 22nd – Angie Brinkhoff – VC Autism Society – Aut2Run
  • April 24th and 25th - Will be the virtual Aut2Run fundraiser for the Autism Society of Ventura County make sure you sign on to team Gavin
Here is the link to sign up to walk/run with Gavin’s Team: https://runsignup.com/RaceGroups/2323/Groups/888636
Here is the link to donate to Gavin’s Team: https://runsignup.com/gavinsteam
  •  April 25th - Mark your calendars for the virtual Walk for Kids fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC
  • April 29th - Waiting on confirmation
  • May 6th – Waiting on confirmation
  • May 13th – 1st live meeting at the Pavilion
  • May 20th – Scholarship distribution meeting
  • May 27th – Sheriff Bill Ayub
Opportunity Drawing $50 gift card to Simone’s donated by President Margarida.
 
Sharon Daly shared with us that the Peace Scholarship is available to Non-Rotarian’s to use for a post graduate degree.
 
Joe Strohman FoodShare Distribution on May 5th.
 
April 15th – Deadline for Scholarhip Applications Bob Pazen
 
4 Way Essay Test essays are being delivered to Joe.
 
June 17 Essay winner reading from 2020 and 2021
 
Looking for ways to remember Ron Polito.
 
President Margarida reminded us about FEED805
 
Our speaker today was Ventura County Supervisor Matt Lavere.
 
Happy $’s: Cal Magro, Sharon Daly
 
President Margarida let us know we received an email from one of our scholarship recipients
 
Our opportunity drawing winner was Rich Stewart
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FEED805

If you have donations for this effort, please drop them off at the Poinsettia Pavilion. President Margarida will be collecting and making sure all donations get delivered to FEED805.
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Meeting April 8, 2021

Carin Kally led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Announcements:
  • April 17th – Rotary District 5240 Training. Virtual event where you may choose the training you would like to attend free of charge.
    Register at www.RotaryDistrict5240.org
  • April 19th – Board meeting at Topa Brewery on 4880 Colt St. in Ventura Virtual link available for those who prefer to join virtually.
  • April 22nd – Angie Brinkhoff – VC Autism Society – Aut2Run
  • April 24th and 25th - Will be the virtual Aut2Run fundraiser for the Autism Society of Ventura County make sure you sign on to team Gavin
    Here is the link to sign up to walk/run with Gavin’s Team: https://runsignup.com/RaceGroups/2323/Groups/888636
    Here is the link to donate to Gavin’s Team: https://runsignup.com/gavinsteam 
  • April 25th - Mark your calendars for the virtual Walk for Kids fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC
    Walk for Kids 2021 - Ventura: Rotary Club of Ventura East - Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California
  • April 29th - Waiting on confirmation
  • May 6th – Waiting on confirmation
  • May 13th – 1st live meeting at the Pavilion
  • May 20th – Scholarship distribution meeting
  • May 27th – Sheriff Bill Ayub
For our Opportunity Drawing, Cal Magro donated a $50 gift card to Spasso!
 
Avenues of Service
Ashley Pope – Interact is on Spring Break. Thank you Tom Swan for dropping off postcards to use for pen pals.
 
Bruce McGee let us know that the Membership Committee will be launching a membership campaign soon. There are a few prospects in the pipeline.
 
Joe Strohman thanked the club for sock donations for the Rotaract fundraiser.
  • We have an opportunity to help FoodShare on May 5th in Oxnard.
  • 5 applications have been turned in for the Bob Pazen Vocational Service scholarship.
  • 4 Way Test essay contest is ongoing.
  • Talks are underway to find a way to remember Ron Polito for his service to the club and Rotary.
Our speaker today was Amy Towner who spoke about the Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC.
 
Amber Stevens gave us the link for the Walk for Kids and we are about 75% away from our goal.
  • Amber also gave a link to sign up to help at a school to paint at Elmhurst Elementary, Gavin’s School!
President Margarida said that Cabrillo Music Department is in need for help paint their practice room.
 
Mission Ventura Church and FoodShare has joined forces and created Food 805. The project is called Feed 805. Pick up a bag from Margarida and put canned foods in it and return it to Margarida.
 
Joe Strohman interviewed Bruce McGee.
 
Happy $’s: Bruce McGee, Joe Strohman
 
The opportunity drawing winner was Carin Kally.
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Meeting April 1, 2021

Tim Hughes led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Announcements:
  • April 3 Kids & Families Together event
  • April 8 – Amy Towner
  • April 15 – Matt Lavere
  • April 17 – District Training Assembly
  • April 22 – Angie Brinkhoff
  • April 24 – 25 – Aut2run
  • April 25 – Walk for Kids
Adonis donated a $50 gift card for the Opportunity Drawing.
 
Avenues of Service
Amber Stevens reminded us about the walks coming up.
 
Sharon Daly let us know that Mossy Foot is doing an Easter Fundraiser. Go to the website www.mossyfoot.com.
Ethiopia
 
Joe Strohman let us know that there have been 4 applications turned in for the Bob Pazen Memorial Scholarship.
  • 4 Way Test essay contest is ongoing.
  • April 8th we will be interviewing Bruce McGee.
  • We had about 50 pairs of socks donated to the Rotaract Sock it too me event! Good job everyone!
Bruce McGee announced that Oscar Hernandez is now an Honorary Member of the Club. Oscar will be taking care of our Social Media!
 
Jeff Burgh, Harriet Clune, Margarida Eidson, Cal Magro, Bill Gray have all earned Paul Harris awards.
 
Our speaker today was Banks Pecht speaking about MS.
 
Happy $’s: Kathy McGee, Todd Juvonen, Ashley Pope
 
Opportunity Drawing winner was Bruce McGee! Bruce won last week and asked that another person be chosen. The next winner was Jeff Hata who donated the gift card to our speaker Banks Pecht.
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Meeting March 25, 2021

President Margarida led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians: Guest of the club Oscar Hernandez Visiting Rotarian Amy Bailey
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by President Margarida.
 
Announcements:
  • Rotaract is continuing the Sock it to me event
  • April 1 – Banks Pecht Life Coach
  • April 2 – 3 Kids and Families Together is looking for volunteers
  • April 8 – Amy Towner
  • April 15 – Matt LeVere
  • April 17 – District Training Assembly
  • April 22 – Angie Brinkhoff
  • April 24 – 25 Aut2Run
  • April 25 – Walk for Kids
Opportunity Drawing is a hand turned bowl from Jim Word.
 
Amy Bailey, Executive Director, Ventura Family YMCA thanked the club for our generous donation to Operation Ventura. Over 10 years now!!!
 
Avenues of Service
  • Sharon Daly let us know that Mossy Foot received a $5000 grant!
  • Community Service: Kids and Families Together event.
Our program today was Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation.
 
Happy $’s: Ashley Pope, Sharon Daly, Bruce McGee, Cal Magro
 
Our opportunity drawing winner was Bruce McGee!
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Meeting March 4, 2021

Sharon Daly led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Guest of the club was Oscar Hernandez.
 
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
  • Rotaract Sock it too me
  • March 11 – Dr Rice
  • March 11 – Blood Drive at the Pavilion
  • March 15 – Board Meeting
  • March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Social @ 5:00
    • Menu is prepared pick up at the Pavilion
    • Sampler of Topa Topa Beer is additional
  • March 18 – Dark
  • March 25 – Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • April = 8 – Amy Towner
  • April 24 – 25 – Aut2Run
  • April 25 – Family Room Walk
Opportunity drawing was $50 cash donated by Laura Shannon.
 
Avenues of Service
Ashley Pope reported Interact had their first buddy meeting with Special Ed at Buena. More to report next week.
 
Joe Strohman said 4 Way Test essays should be coming in middle of April. If you would like to be a judge let Joe know.
Thank you to Cal Magro, Tim Hughes and Joe Strohman for donating to Rotaracts Sock it too me.
 
Our speaker today was Ventura Water speaking about City Water rates.
 
Happy $’s: Tom Swan, Cal Magro, Jeff Hata, Joe Strohman, Sharon Daly, Laura Shannon, Rich Stewart & Harriet Clune
 
Opportunity Drawing winner was Jeff Burgh!
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Meeting February 25, 2021

Steve Harbison led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Guests & visiting Rotarians: Guests of President Margarida were Oscar Hernandez and Ron Allen. Guest of Sharon Daly was Dave Hooper.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Upcoming events:
  • March – Rotaract Soc it Too me
  • March 4 Assistant City Manager taling about Water Rates
  • March 11 Dr Rice
  • March 11 Blood Drive
  • March 15 Board Meeting
  • March 17 St Patrik’s day social
  • March 18 Dark
  • March 25 Corey & Brittany – Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • April 24 – 25 Aut2Run
  • April 25 Family Room Walk
Husam Hishmeh gave  $50 Cash for the Opportunity Drawing
 
Avenues of Service
Request from Boys & Girls Club for Mentors for their Youth of the Year recipients.
 
Sharon Daly said that the Gates Foundation and RI are funding 45Mil to eradicate Polio.
 
Ashley Pope let us know that Interact is partnering with the Special Education program at Buena to mentor.
 
Joe Strohman promoted the Rotaract Sock Program. Please help out in anyway you can.
4 Way Essay contest is going on.
 
Bruce McGee liked that we had 3 guests! Keep inviting!!!
 
Our speaker today was Steve Eidson speaking about working at the FBI
 
Happy $’s: Tim Hughes, Jeff Hata, Ashley Pope, Husam Hishmeh
 
Our opportunity drawing winner today was Judy Hoag!
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Meeting February 11, 2021

Wendy Pazen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Margarida did our Inspirational Message today.
 
Kathy McGee gave us an update on Midge Stork.
 
Dates to watch for:
  • February 16 – Board Meeting
  • February 18 – Sharon Daly- Mossyfoot Foundation
  • February 25 – Steve Eidson – FBI
  • February 26 Mossy Foot Fundraiser
  • March 4 – Dr Rice – VUSD
Kathy McGee donated a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch BBQ for our Opportunity Drawing.
 
Joe Strohman conducted elections for our Club Foundation Board. Harriet Clune was elected to fill Kris Hansen’s open seat. Bill Gray and Judy Hoag were elected to fill the two open at large seats.
 
Bill Gray our Foundation Board Chair let us know that the returns on our accounts were very good this year. We will do $100,000 in scholarships again this year. Thank you for Todd and his diligence to improve our fund performance. The Foundation will be giving the club
 
$15,000 for charitable giving. We are over $3 million in the Foundation!
 
The Foundation will also be giving 2 Bob Pazen scholarships this year.
 
Bruce McGee let us know that the Membership Committee met yesterday and had a good meeting. We are going to be on Zoom for a while so let’s use it to get new members!
 
Beverly Critcher spoke about the Wildlife Experience.
 
Joe Strohman spotlighted Todd Juvonen.
 
Rotaract is collecting socks so if you have any to donate, please pass them on to Rotaract.
 
Happy $’s: Carin Calley, Bruce McGee, Cal Magro, Judy Hoag
 
Opportunity drawing winner Cal Magro
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Meeting February 4, 2021

Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President’s announcements:
  • Foundation Board meeting Feb 9
  • Feb 11 Beverly Critcher of Wildlife Experience Safaris
  • Feb 16 Board Meeting
  • Feb 18 Sharon Daly - Mossy Foot
  • Feb  Mossy Foot Drive through fundraiser
  • April 24-25 Aut2Run
    Here is the link to sign up to walk/run with Gavin’s Team: https://runsignup.com/RaceGroups/2323/Groups/888636
    Here is the link to donate to Gavin’s Team:
  • April 25 Ronald McDonald Family Room Walk
Opportunity drawing from Joe Strohman $50 gift card for Lazy Dog
 
Avenues of Service
Ashley Pope is meeting with Interact President on future activities
 
Sharon Daly invited everyone to participate in Mossy Foot’s fundraiser.
 
Joe Strohman will be interviewing Todd Juvonen next week.
 
Foundation Board meeting is open to club members. Let Joe know if you would like a link. The accounts did well last year.
 
Our speaker today was Derek Poultney from Ventura Land Trust.
 
Happy $’s: Cal Magro,
 
Opportunity drawing winner was Bill Gray!
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Meeting January 28, 2021

Kathy McGee led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guests and Visiting Rotarians Bob Schilken
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Margarida spoke about the club’s participation in FoodShare distribution yesterday.
 
Jeff Burgh’s mother passed away suddenly. Please keep Jeff in your thought’s and prayers.
 
Upcoming events:
  • February 11th – Beverly Critcher – Wildlife Experience Safaris
  • February 16th – Board Meeting
  • February 18th – Sharon Daly – Mossy Foot
  • April 25th - Mark your calendars for the virtual Walk for Kids fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC
  • April 24th and 25th - Will be the virtual Aut2Run fundraiser for the Autism Society of Ventura County
 
Opportunity Drawing Jeff Hata donated 2 bottles of wine from Labyrinth Winery.
 
Avenues of Service
Sharon Daly reported that Ireland had the highest COVID rate in the world. Also Europe is suffering from Vaccine unavailability
 
Ashley Pope met with Interact on Tuesday. They are in the middle of finals. They are talking about some projects for Valentines Day. More info to come.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that they stayed dry at the FoodShare distribution yesterday. Everyone who participated said it was fun and a great project.
4 Way Test Essay contest is underway and the Club Foundation Board will be meeting on February 9th.
We have Employee of the Quarter we can do and would like to do. Think about your employees and nominate!
 
Bruce McGee spoke about membership. Encourage your friends to visit the club on Zoom.
 
VPD Police Chief Darin Schindler was our speaker today.
 
Our opportunity drawing winner today was Judy Hoag!
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January 21, 2021

Sharon Daly led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Guest of Carin Kally was Nancy Rasmussen.
 
We sang Happy Birthday to Emily Barany!
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Upcoming events and speakers:
  • Jan 27 – Foodshare Distribution
  • Jan 28 – VPD Chief
  •                 - Wade is doing another presentation
  • Feb 11 – Wildlife Safari
Invite your friends to come visit our club
 
President Margarida asked for volunteers for Opportunity Drawing
 
Cal Magro donated a gift card to Peking for the opportunity drawing.
 
Avenues of Service
Sharon Daly said malnutrition is increasing in Asia due to the pandemic.
 
Joe Strohman reported we will do another Foodshare distribution Jan 27 from 2:00 – 5:00.
 
The Foundation Board will be having a meeting soon. We do have money available for charity to make a difference with. If you have any suggestions, let President Margarida know.
 
President Margarida recapped the club board meeting. One suggestion was to text members not on zoom during the breakout room time.
 
Our program today was Spencer Burke who spoke about the Channel Islands.
 
Joe Strohman interviewed Jeff Hata.
 
Kathy McGee spoke to the club about Midge Stork.
 
Happy $’s: Harriet Clune, Steve Harbison, Laura Shannon
 
Jeff Hata won the opportunity drawing.
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Meeting January 14, 2021

Harriet Clune led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Board meeting changed to Tuesday due to Holiday
 
Upcoming meetings:
  • January 21 – Spencer Burke, National Park Service
  • January 28 – Darin Scindler, Ventura Police Chief
  • February 4 – Derek Poultney, Ventura Land Trust
  • February 11 – Beverly Critcher – Wildlife Experience Safaris
  • February 16 – Board Meeting
Opportunity Drawing was $50 gift certificate to Café Zack from Margarida Eidson
 
Avenues of Service
Ashley Pope reported that Interact will be meeting next week.
 
Joe Strohman said we will be running the Ron Hertel 4 Way Test Essay Contest. Still looking for 2 more people to serve on Foundation Board.
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation had about $3.4 million at the end of December. A more formal report to come.
 
Sharon Daly reported that International Service is discussing possible International grants.
 
Bruce McGee – Membership will be sending out speaker topics so we can invite potential members.
March 11 blood bank at the Pavilion.
 
Our speaker today was P.D.G. Wade Nomura.
 
We inducted Joe Bova today with the help of P.D.G. Wade Nomura. Joe’s sponsor is Tom Swan.
 
PP Jeff Burgh announced Cal Magro President 2021-2022, PE Roy Valdez, PEN Laura Shannon.
 
Happy $’s Cal Magro, Adonis Campillo
 
Opportunity drawing winner was Jeff Burgh!
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Meeting January 7, 2021

Sharon Daily led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Upcoming dates to remember:
  • 1/14 – Our speaker will be P.D.G. Wade Nomura
  • 1/18 - Board Meeting
  • 1/21 - Spencer Burke - National Park Service
  • 1/28 - Derek Poultney - Ventura Land Trust
Opportunity drawing was a 2021 Axxess Card.
 
Roy Valdez let us know we sold 295 cases for $16,500. Our net was $4,700 - $5,000.
 
President Margarida shared a card from the residents at Cypress Place thanking us for the Poinsettia donations.
 
Amber Stevens thanked club members who helped with Bell Ringing at Christmas.
 
Ashley Pope let us know that Interact is going strong. Membership is currently about 15. They are trying to put together a drive to collect women’s products for a non-profit.
We have 5 RYLA spots and they are all filled at this point.
 
Joe Strohman reported that the Club Foundation needs two at large directors. If you are interested, let Joe know.
Joe also thanked everyone who donated for the toy drive at Christmas. The drive is still on going, they need toys year round.
4 Way Test Essay contest is a go. Balboa Middle school has confirmed they are going to participate. Ashley is checking on Buena High School.
 
Tim Hughes said that the 2021 Scholarship Application is posted on the website.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that the club foundation is at about $3.2 million.
 
Our program today was Ashley Bautista, Public Relations for the County of Ventura.
 
Opportunity drawing winner was Jim Word.
 
Happy $’s: Ashley Pope,               
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Thank you from Cypress Place

The residents from Cypress Place Senior Living wanted to reach out and give us a "BIG" Thank You for the Poinsettias that were delivered to all of the residents. They appreciated the poinsettias very much and sent a few pictures for us to enjoy!
 
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Meeting December 10, 2020

Husam Hishmeh led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Visiting Rotarian today was Saraubh Bajaj President of Ventura Downtown and guest of the club was Joe Bova.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Dec 12 – Ventura Family Justice Center Toy donations
  • Dec 16 – 2 – 5 Foodshare food pantry.
  • Dec 17 – Virtual Christmas Party. Charcuterie Boards from Pierano’s $25
  • Dec 24 & 31 Dark
  • California Office for Small Business Advocates – Small businesses can apply for a grant.
  • Opportunity Drawing Roy Valdez donated a $50 gift card, winners choice, Amazon or Starbucks
Roy Valdez let us know that we sold out of Poinsettias. Thank you to everyone who came out to help deliver. Sold 295 cases. Net about $6,500 this year!
 
Avenues of Service:
Ashley Pope said Interact will be meeting next week and Margarida will be speaking about RYLA
 
Joe Strohman let us know we need to Directors for the Foundation Board. Foundation is at $3.3 million.
Vocational Service – Toy drive is ongoing. Ventura Family Justice Center is virtual. Order through Amazon and deliver to them.
YMCA we adopted a family and we are also donating to Spark of Love.
 
Saurabh Bajaj is doing a fundraiser, Coffee Table book illustrated by local photographers. You can order online at VenturaRotary.org.
 
Our speaker was Carolyn Prijatel-Sutton with the Coalition for Family Harmony
 
The winner of the Opportunity Drawing was Kathy McGee.
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Meeting December 3, 2020

Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Our speaker was Ventura Fire Chief David Endaya.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President's Announcements:
  • Next week Caroline… Coalition for Family Harmony
  • 12/17 - Virtual Christmas Party
  • 12/24 - Dark
  • 12/31 - Dark
Opportunity drawing was from Todd Juvonen. $50 gift card to Peking Restaurant.
 
Roy reported that we sold our poinsettia plants. We ordered 25 more so we will deliver about 300!
 
Amber Stevens reminded us that next Wednesday is the Kids and Families Together event to help the set up for their event.
 
Sharon Daly reports that the problems continue in Ethiopia.
 
Ashley Pope  has the 4 Way Test information from the District. Joe Strhoman has conducted this and will do so again this year.
Next Interact meeting will be December 15th.
 
Bruce McGee said membership committee would be reconvening in January.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that the Military Collaborative is not doing their family support this year. We will instead be support Spark of Love, we will be adopting a family from the YMCA, and we will be donating toys to the Family Justice Center.
 
FoodShare at Oxnard College Park on December 16th from 2 – 5. Email Joe Strohman if you would like to help out.
 
Happy $’s: Cal Magro,  President Margarida, Sharon Daly
 
Opportunity Drawing winner was Ashley Pope!!!
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Meeting November 19, 2020

President Margarida led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Presidents Announcements:
  • Next week Dark
  • Thanksgiving Pies are still for sale. Need to know by Sunday.
  • Poinsettia sales are still going slow. We need to continue to sell. We have a reduction in our cases from 500 down to 300 cases.
  • Rotary Gratefulness day went well. We gave 3 dozen cupcakes to 5 grocery stores in the Ventura. Everyone was very appreciative.
Amber Stevens said that Salvation Army Bell ringing is full. Thank you everyone who signed up.
 
Sharon Daly has been doing research on the lockdown globally. Food chains are threatened due to the lockdowns. President of the UN General Assembly is releasing $100 million dollars to open up the food chains in threatened areas.
 
Carin Kally said we need to do 96 Christmas Cards for the residents at Cypress Place. President Margarida, Sharon Daly and Kathy McGee said they would help Carin with the cards.
 
President Margarida talked about the Virtual Christmas Party on December 17th at 6:00.
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Meeting November 12, 2020

We were led in the Flag Salute today by Tom Swan.
 
Laura Shannon did our Inspirational Message.
 
Presidents Announcements
  • 11/19 – Meeting will be at 6:30 pm. Ken Berman will be speaking about Millenials
  • 11/26 – Dark
  • 12/3 – David Endaya – Ventura City Fire Chief
Opportunity drawing was $50 cash donated by Laura Shannon
 
Roy Valdez spoke about Poinsettias. Orders are trickling in now. We have a total of 73 cases ordered so far. We have 500 cases on hold. We will start calling the list of past donors. We will deliver to residential on Saturday the 5th and businesses on Monday the 7th.
 
Mary Kay will be partnering with us to deliver product along with the Poinsettia delivery to Cypress Place.
 
Amber Stevens let us know that our Salvation Army Bell ringing date will be December 19th at the Ralph’s on Victoria. We will need 8 one-hour slots. They will be by family.
Next week is Rotary Gratefulness week. We will pick 5 grocery stores in the area and recognize them. We will deliver doughnuts to the stores to recognize their employees.
 
December 9th Kids and Families Together event.
 
Bruce McGee gave a Ronald McDonald House update. The Family Rooms will be finished by the end of this year. A benefactor just donated $500,000 to get the room fully financed. We have the construction costs and the first year of operations covered at this point!
 
Ashley Pope reported that Interact will be meeting 2 times a month.
 
Bruce McGee said that Joe Bova will be submitting an application for membership.
 
Sharon Daly asked to keep Ethiopia in our thoughts and prayers because the country is on the brink of Civil War.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that President Margarida has connected with Spark of Love to donate to needy families during this season.
Joe is working on the 4 Way Test Essay contest. Employee of the Quarter is coming!
 
Brian Barber of Mission Fish was our speaker today.
 
Joe Strohman interviewed our Veteran’s Jeff Burgh & Bill Spellman.
 
Happy $’s: Carin Kally, Bruce McGee, Sharon Daly, Cal Magro, Joe Strohman, President Margarida.
 
President Margarida conducted our raffle and the lucky winner was Jeff Burgh!
Meeting November 12, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting November 5, 2020

We were led in the flag salute by Harriet Clune.
 
Visiting us today was Joe Bova from Ventura Unified School District.
 
Laura Shannon gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Presidents Announcements:
  • Thank you for everyone who came out to help with the drive through Trick or Treat.
  • Especially thank you to Ashley for organizing and everyone else who came out.
  • Virtual District Conference this the weekend. Bruce took a few moments to discuss the breakouts and topics. Saturday from 9 – 10 the RI PEN will be speaking, Jennifer Jones.
    • 11/12 – Veteran’s Day program & Mission Fish
    • 11/19 – Third Thursday Zoom meeting with Ken Berman speaking about millennials
    • 11/26 – Dark
    • 12/3 – Ventura Fire Chief David Endaya
  • We need sponsors for the opportunity drawing. Please let Sharon Daly know.
    • Cal donated a $50 gift card to somewhere for today.
  • Roy Valdez filled us in on Poinsettia sales. Sales are starting to pickup so things are looking pretty good right now.
Amber Stevens put a link for Kids & Families Together for a drive through holiday event they will need help with. It will be on a Wednesday afternoon. http://www.volunteerventuracounty.org/need/detail/?need_id=551387
 
Ashley Pope connected with Lainey from Interact. Interact will be starting monthly meetings on Zoom. First Tuesdays of month at noon.       
They want to start with a big buddies program and have been working with Key Club and Leo Club on other projects.
 
Bruce McGee membership is meeting every two weeks. Please invite people to our zoom meetings. Laying the foundation for a big membership push after the holidays.
 
Sharon Daly reported that the Ethiopian government has started allowing Mossy Foot to provide self help loans to people again.
 
Joe Strohman let us know he will be interviewing veteran’s next week and the Military Collaborative has cancelled Operation Snowflake so we won’t be doing that this year.
Ferguson Case… has been working with FoodShare and is looking into opportunities for the club.
 
Ronda Holden was our speaker today about Pier into the Future.
 
Opportunity drawing winner was Todd Juvonen!
 
Happy $’s: Rich Stewart, President Margarida
Meeting November 5, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-11-05 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting October 29, 2020

Bill Spellman led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Guest today was Ericka Mendez.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President’s Announcements
  • 11/ 5 - Pier into the Future
  • 11/6 – 8 District Conference
  • 11/12 – Veteran’s Day Program & Mission Fish
  • 11/19 – Ken Berman everything you needed to know about millennials
  • 12/3 – Ventura Fire Chief David Endaya
Our Opportunity Drawing today was 4 meals to Pizza Man Dans donated by Pizza Man Dan
 
Remember to ask if your buyers for Poinsettias would want to donate any plants to Cypress Place.
Think about any contacts you may know who would want to buy poinsettias.
 
Joe Strohman introduced Ericka Mendez who was the Dr. Bob Pazen Nursing Scholarship award recipient last year. Ericka just passed her nursing exam. Ericka is working at Ojai Hospital.
 
Ashley Pope said that everything is ready to go for Halloween. Ashley said we have enough candy and went through the list of volunteers and what their duties will be.
 
Amber Stevens has a call in the Salvation Army for Bell Ringing.
 
Joe Strohman – Veteran’s Day program will be interviews of Bill Spellman and Jeff Burgh.
Joe is also working on a Christmas program for youth.
 
Ashley Pope – We have a new Rotaract contact and we won’t hear back from Buena until after the New Year.
 
Bruce McGee – the Membership committee is active and vibrant working on plans to grow membership soon.
 
Sharon Daly – 48 patients who have recovered and doing vocational training in Ethiopia.
 
Cal Magro was the winner of the opportunity drawing.
Meeting October 29, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-10-29 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting October 22, 2020

Jeff Hata led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President’s Announcements:
  • For members that are not Rule of 85 you are paying for your meals, unless you opted out, so if you do not want to pay for meals notify President Margarida or Todd
  • October 29th – Call for Polio Eradication
  • November 5th – Pier into the Future
  • November 6 - 8 Virtual District Conference
  • November 12th – Veteran’s Day Program.
Our Opportunity Drawing was a $30 Trader Joes Gift Card donated by Sharon Daly.
 
Roy Valdez spoke about the Poinsettia Fundraiser. We will be sponsoring Cypress Place and providing plants for each resident.
 
Jim Word spoke about the Friends of the Library. They will be having a book sale in the parking lot behind Foster Library. They need help to move books and for set-up and take down.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the drive through Halloween event on Saturday October 31st. We are probably OK on candy, but if you would like to bring more, drop it off at President Margarida’s office.
 
Amber Stevens reported that we are working with South on a community assessment.
  • Amber has made a contact at the school district that will work with us.
  • Amber also reported that November 16 – 21 is Rotary grateful week. 
 
Joe Strohman spoke with Ericka Mendez, Bob Pazen award recipient has passed her test and is now a R.N.! She will be at our meeting next week.
  • Working on the 4 Way test essay contest.
  • Need nominations for employee of the quarter.
Our speaker was Joe Cahill from the Ventura Botanical Gardens.
 
President Margarida presented a poll on how the club feels about meeting in person.
64% of the club responded they would attend a hybrid meeting.
 
President Margarida conducted the Opportunity Drawing and the winner was Jim Word.
 
Happy $’s Todd Juvonen & Roy Valdez
Meeting October 22, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting October 8, 2020

Tom Swan led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Presidents Announcements
  • Oct 15 – Zoom Scattegories
  • Oct 22 – Botanical Gardens
  • Oct 29 – Polio Eradication
  • District Conference
Our Opportunity Drawing sponsor was Harriet Clune who donated $50 cash.
 
Roy Valdez – Poinsettia fundraiser. Orders are coming slow. We will mail out flyers to our mailing list on Friday.
 
Ashley Pope  - Halloween project is underway, drop off your candy at the Pavilion. Event is posted on the club FaceBook page.
 
Jeff Burgh let the club know what we can do under Tier 2.
 
Happy $’s: Tom Swan, President Margarida,
 
Opportunity drawing winner was Rich Stewart.
Meeting October 8, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

October 1, 2020

We were led in the Flag Salute by Adonis Campillo.
 
President’s Announcements:
  • 10/8 - Club Assembly. We will be using breakout rooms
  • 10/15 - We will be doing Scategories again for our Third Thursday Social
  • 10/22 - Ventura Botanical Gardens
  • 10/29 – Gary Needham on Polio
  • The district Conference will be virtual this year.
Roy Valdez – Poinsettia Fundraiser. It’s been slow so far. Mailers will be going out next week
 
Ventura Homeless Shelter. Rich and Harriet helped do the shopping and we had enough to buy supplies for 32 particpants.
 
Sharon Daly donated $40 for the Opportunity Drawing.
 
Ashley Pope let us know that on Halloween we will be putting a handful of candy in the trunk of cars coming in. We would have to be wearing masks and gloves and physical distance.
 
Sharon International – Political unrest in Ethiopia has settled. Mossy Foot is able to get out and start doing their work again.
 
Bruce – Membership committee meeting next Wednesday at 4:00 on zoom
 
Opportunity drawing winner was Ashley Pope!!!
October 1, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 24, 2020

We were led in the Salute to the Flag by Tim Hughes.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message
 
Today we used breakout rooms in Zoom to create small groups to chat. That was so much fun.
 
For our Opportunity Drawing today, Bruce McGee donated a $50 gift certificate to Café Zack.
 
Presidents Announcements:
  • Tomorrow Mossy Foot Drive through fundraiser.
  • Sept 30th Polio Fundraiser sponsored by Downtown.
  • 10/8 Club Assembly
  • 10/15 Social
  • 10/22 Ventura Botanical Gardens
  • 10/29 Gary Needham – Call for Polio
  • 11/6-8 Virtual District Conference
Bruce McGee presented Adonis Campillo with his Paul Harris Fellowship.
 
Poinsettia sales have begun. Ask and invite everyone you know to buy, buy, buy!!!
 
Ventura Homeless Shelter…VPD is asking for help
 
Bruce McGee donated $91 happy dollars in memory of his father.
 
President Margarida showed clips of Tom Hashbarger’s memorial.
 
Our program was Michelle Hubbard who spoke about leadership and speaking with a shine.
 
Happy $’s: Adonis Campillo, Bruce McGee, Rich Stewart, Cal Magro,
 
Opportunity Drawing winner was Todd Juvonen. Todd wanted to give it to someone else and that lucky winner was Adonis Campillo!!!
Meeting September 24, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Remembering Tom Hasbarger

The family of Tom Hashbarger held a private, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Celebration of Life for Tom on September 12th and have recorded this celebration and would like to share it with members of the club. 
 
If you would like to view the video you can find it at this link: Tom Hashbarger Celebration of Life
 
Remembering Tom Hasbarger 2020-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 10, 2020

Dave Anderson led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Guests Brad Ferrante Rotary Club of Greater Van Nuys
 
Presidents Announcements:
  • Next week is Scategories. 6:30 -  Watch out for the Zoom links
  • 9/21 Board meeting 5:30
  • 9/24 Michelle Hubbard – Leadershp, Love with a spine
  • The flyers for Poinsettia sales are out. This is our opportunity to make some money for the club.
Avenues of Service:
Ashley Pope (Youth Service) – It’s difficult to talk to anyone at the school district right now. They are having issues with technology and everything else.
Maybe drive through trick or treat at the Pavilion. Looking for ideas.
 
Our speaker today was Kevin Clerici from the Ventura Downtown Partners.
 
Happy $’s: Harriet Clune, President Margarida, Carin Kally,
Meeting September 10, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 3, 2020

Visiting Rotarians Scott Phillips, DGN
 
Our speaker schedule:
9/10 - Kevin Clerici - Downtown Ventura Partners
9/17 - Third Thursday
9/21 – Board Meeting
 
Opportunity Drawing $50 to Spasso graciously donated by Cal Magro.
 
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens – School technically started Wed. Will focus on what help teachers need. Trying to adopt a class.
  • Every Saturday, not as a group, try to do something ie beach clean up …
  • Setting up trying to do community assessment with other 3 clubs.
Our speaker today was Andre Mendes
Meeting September 3, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-09-03 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 27, 2020

Husam Hishmeh led us in the Flag Salute
 
Menu for tonight honey Dijon pork chops, sweet potato and lemon Fluff
 
Upcoming Programs:
Andre Mendez - CIO Dept of Commerce
Kevin Clerici – Downtown Ventura Partners
Thursday evening meeting - Scategories
 
Our Opportunity Drawing was donated this week by Carin Kally – Kayaking for 2 in Ventura Harbor.
 
Laura Shannon spoke about getting penpals for seniors.
 
Sharon Daly – Hydroponic program as a possibility.
9/25 Mossy foot will have a fundraising dinner.
 
Ashley Pope – Schools just started. Still working out what we are going to do. Will know more in a few weeks.
 
Joe Strohman – As with youth, more information in a few weeks after classes get settled in.
 
Bruce McGee – Andre Mendez, Chief Information Officer (Acting) U.S. Department of Commerce. He will discuss tech evolution, artificial intelligence and human longevity.
 
André Mendes was appointed Chief Information Officer for the Department of Commerce in August of 2019. There, he has overall responsibility and oversight of all technology systems at the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) and its associated bureaus (FY2020 Budget $3.8B).

Prior to leading multiple Govt Agencies Mr. Mendes worked with Special Olympics, PBS and many other companies. 
Let people know about our speaker and invite them to come listen in.
 
Our program today was Marlyss Auster with the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau.
 
Happy $’s: Cal Magro,
 
Opportunity  Drawing winner: Larua Shannon!
 
We took a few minutes to speak about Bill Klope.
Meeting August 27, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 13, 2020

We were led in the Flag Salute today by Jim Word.
 
President Margarida let club members share their memories of Bill Crookston.
 
President Margarida asked if members would help in contacting members who have not been on a zoom call lately.
 
President's Announcements:
  • Sunday is the Aut2Run
  • Next week is 3rd Thursday and we will be playing bingo
  • August 27th  - Marlys Auster
  • Sept 3rd  - Chief Information Officer for the Department of Commerce
  • Sept 10th – Kevin Clerici – Downtown Ventura Partners
  • Sept 17th - Name that Tune - Meeting in the evening.
 
Opportunity drawing was for a $50 gift card to Trader Joes.
 
Avenues of Service
Community Service – Friends of the library will be doing a book sale
 
Anthony Caspary – Ventura Spirits was our speaker
 
Joe Strohman spotlighted Kathy McGee.
 
Opportunity drawing winner was Rich Stewart.
 
Happy $’s Rich Stewart
Meeting August 13, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 6, 2020

Bruce McGee led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Our guests today were: Alan Grant, Rotary Club of Lompoc, Mario De La Piedra, Rotary Club of Ventura
 
President Margarida thanked Emily Barany for the help with Zoom. Club has it’s own account now.
 
The menu for tonight was deconstructed chicken, beef and sausage kabobs, coconut rice, pasta salad and sherbet.
 
We still have Rotary Face Masks for $10
 
Last weeks program from Rubicon was terrific. We have an offer for a group discount for Sept 9th. If you would like to go, let Rich Stewart know.
 
President's announcements:
  • August 12th – Blood drive at the Pavilion. If you would like to sign up go to Blood4life.org
  • August 13th  - Anthony Kaspari Ventura Spirits
  • August 16th  - Virtual Aut2Run. Aut2run.org
  • August 20th – Rotary Bingo 6:30 –
  • August 27th – Marlys Auster, Ventura Tourism Bureau
Youth Service - Ashley Pope let us know that next Thursday we will have #RotaryEast Rocks for you to pickup and put out around town.
 
Opportunity Drawing - $50 gift card to Rubicon from President Margarida.
 
Vocational Service - Joe Strohman is looking for nominees for Employee of the Quarter.
Kathy McGee will be interviewed next week.
 
District Governor Deb Linden was our speaker today.
 
D.G. Deb Linden presented PP Jeff Burgh with the People of Action Award!
 
Bruce and D.G. Deb Linden presented a Paul Harris to Adonis Campillo!
 
D.G. Deb Linden presented Paul Harris Fellows to Tim Hughes for his work on scholarships, to Bill Gray for the Foundation and Midge Stork.
 
Happy $’s: Laura Shannon, Adonis Campillo, Bill Spellman, Ashley Pope,
 
Opportunity Drawing winner was Adonis Campillo!!!
 
Meeting August 6, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 30, 2020

We were led in the Flag Salute by Harriet Clune.
 
Guests today: Honorary Member Cynthia Hashbarger and Anthony Caspari.
 
Announcements:
  • The menu for dinner is Cesar Salad, Chicken Marsala, Risotto, Peach cobbler!
  • DG Deb Linden is our guest next week
  • Bloodbank 10 – 2 August 12 -  Bloodforlife.org
  • August 16th – Virtual Aut2Run
  • August 20th – Zoom Bingo
  • August 27 – Marlys Auster – Visit Ventura
 
Opportunity Drawing $50 gift card to Lure donated by Cal Magro
 
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens (Community Service ) shared that Adam from Ronald McDonald Charities contacted her to let us know that they have started on the Family Room at VCMC!
 
Sharon Daly (International Service) let us know that Mossy Foot Headquarters has 2 hospitals in the area. Hospitals have been closed because worker showed up sick.
 
Ashley Pope (Youth Service) will not have anything until after school begins.
 
Our program today was Beverly Ward and Anna Demaria from the Rubicon.
 
Bruce McGee let the club know that Bill Crookston passed away on July 25th.
 
Jeff Burgh updated us on the County
  1. We will not be up grading for the foreseeable future.
  2. 6 Criteria the state looks at to determine if you can move forward or not
    1. We are red on 2 of 6. Availability of ICU beds and case rate/100,000
  3. Rental relief provide $2,500 to people who are unable to pay rent.
  4. Business loan program. 2nd round is starting. You must have registered before the 1st round to be eligible. 1st round recipients will be notified by July 31 so they can have the check by August 12th.
Happy $’s: Rich Stewart, Bruce McGee, Jeff Burgh
 
Opportunity Drawing winner was Carin Kally!!!
Meeting July 30, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 23, 2020

Jeff Hata led us in the Flag Salute
 
President Margarida gave our Inspirational Message
 
President Margarida gave the menu for this evening. Beef stew with buttermilk biscuits, green salad and spiced cake!
 
Announcements:
President Margarida had Rotary Masks for sale for $10. If you would like some, let President Margarida know.
 
Opportunity drawing was donated by Laura Shannon today. It was a $50 gift card to Brophy Brothers.
 
Youth Service - Ashley Pope did not have any updates at this time. We are waiting for principle at Buena to get back to her.
 
International Service - Sharon Daly reported that the internet is sporadically being turned on in Ethiopia and there is a lot of rain at this time.
 
Vocational Service - Joe Strohman is trying to get Ericka our nursing scholarship winner on soon.
 
Our program today was Tim Hughes and our returning scholarship recipients.
 
Joe Strohman interviewed Jim Word today as our Rotary Spotlight.
 
President Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Judy Hoag!!!!
 
Starting soon there will be 2 menus for Thursday dinner so you will have a choice. Watch for Margarida’s emails.
 
Happy $’s: Laura Shannon, Tim Hughes
Meeting July 23, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-07-23 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 9, 2020

President Margarida asked Past President Jeff Burgh to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Guests: Julie O’Brien, Cynthia Hasbarger
 
President's Announcements:
  • Board meeting July 13th at 5:00 at Margarida’s office.
  • Zoom Jeopardy on July 16th at 6:30!
  • July 23rd – Scholarship presentations to returning scholarship recipients.
  • August 6th – D.G. Deb Linden’s official visit
  • August 16th – Virtual Aut2Run
  • August 20th – Virtual Bingo
Opportunity drawing – Jeff Hata donated 2 bottles of Labyrinth wine, Tempranillo & Viogner
 
Avenues of Service
Amber Stevens let us know Community Service meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month. When school gets back in they will be setting up programs with the schools.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bruce McGee had a meeting with PDG Savi. Gave Bruce a banner patch for recognition of Outstanding Covid Response and  the 2019-2020 Peacebuilder Award.
 
Joe Strohman – Awarded Employee of the Quarter – Julie O’Brien, Ventura Family YMCA
 
Amy Bailey from the Ventura Family YMCA was our speaker today.
 
Joe Strohman interviewed Bill Spellman.
 
Happy $’s: Joe Strohman, Jeff Hata, Bill Spellman, Carin Kally, Margarida Eidson, Kathy McGee
 
Raffle winner was Bruce McGee
 
Next week Laura Shannon
Meeting July 9, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 2, 2020

President Margarida welcomed everyone to our meeting
 
President Margarida went through our programs and events for July
 
Opportunity Drawing is being brought back. Today’s gift was a $50 gift card to Finney’s donated by President Margarida.
 
Sharon Daly announced that there is civil unrest in Ethiopia and government has turned off the internet so no communication!
 
Joe Strohman getting ready to sign scholarship checks and send off to our recipients colleges.
 
Student of the quarter on hold until school is back in session. 4 way test essay a possibility.
 
Ashley attended the Youth Service training. Surprised because they didn’t touch on what Interact would look like in our COVID world. Wants to figure out how to do a meeting virtually.
 
Margarida was our program today and went over her goals for the year.
 
Happy $’s: Cal Magro, Jeff Hata, Bill Spellman, Ashley Pope, Rich Stewart, President Margarida
 
The winner of the opportunity drawing was Bill Spellman!
 
Next weeks donor will be Jeff Hata
 
President Margarida and Joe Strohman inducted Emily Barany into the club.
 
Jeff Burgh gave a COVID-19 update.
 
Joe Strohman announced that we will have an Employee of the Quarter next week.
Meeting July 2, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 25, 2020

President Jeff welcomed everyone to the meeting.
 
President Jeff thanked PE Margarida for running the meeting last week.
 
Next week’s program will be PE Margarida who will be outlining her vision for the upcoming year.
 
Tonight’s dinner is Chicken Caccitore with Angel hair pasta, caprese salad and tiramisu.
 
Happy $’s: President Jeff, Tom Swan, Husam HIshmeh, Carin Kally, Kathy McGee, Laura Shannon, Harriet Clune
 
Husam Hishmeh asked how to pay our bills. You can pay through your invoice by clicking the Pay Now option.
 
President Jeff recapped the year and gave us a COVID update
Meeting June 25, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
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Meeting June 18, 2020

PE Margarida led our meeting today. President Jeff was on the road.
 
PE Margarida let us know what the menu was tonight for our dinner.
 
Our inspiration was given by PE Margarida.
 
Caitlin Barringer was our speaker from Kids and Families Together.
 
Next weeks program will be President Jeff’s fond farewell
 
Ashley Pope let us know on July 16th we will be having Zoom Jeopardy! Stay Tuned it should be a lot of fun! At 6:30
 
Happy $’s: Bruce McGee, Jeff Hata, Cal Magro,
 
PE Margarida nominated Laura Shannon & Carin Kally to join the board as at large from 2020-2023 Joe Strohman seconded
 
PE Margarida thanked the members of her board for participating in the Board Retreat.
 
PE Margarida let the club know that the board will be proposing Cynthia Hasbarger as an Honorary Member.
 
Ashley Pope let us know if you donate blood at Vitalant you get a COVID antibody test at the same time
Meeting June 18, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 11, 2020

President Jeff welcomed all our guests and visitors.
 
Tammy Duff spoke about Gabriel House.
 
Our Inspirational Message today was given by Cynthia Hashbarger
 
Visiting today was Joe Bova from the Ventura Unified School District who has been working to set up the graduation ceremonies for the High Schools at City Hall.
 
Special guest today Sora, thanked the club for hosting her this year. She will be leaving for Japan tomorrow.
 
Next week our program will be Santa Paula Rotarian, Caitlin Berringer, speaking about  Kids N Families Together.
 
Tonight’s dinner will be Pesto Chicken, mixed vegetables, rice and cake. If you haven’t signed up, let President Jeff know.
 
Happy $’s: Tom Swan, Ashley Pope, Carin Kally, Kathy McGee, Margarida Eidson,
Meeting June 11, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 4, 2020

President Jeff welcomed everyone to the meeting.
 
Our speaker today was Renee Kuhlman, Rotarian from Vandenberg Village Rotary Club, who spoke about the Coast Caregiver Resource Center.
 
President's Announcements:
  • Next week our speaker will be Tammy Duff from Gabriel’s House.
  • Board meeting will be June 15th this month.
  • Tonight’s dinner, let Jeff know. Meatloaf with scalloped potatoes and other good stuff.
  • Pizzaman Dan canned protein food drive is still ongoing.
  • Step down dinner is being postponed for now. We will have it when we can meet together.
  • Jordan Eller is in Hawaii and will be there through August.
Happy $’s: Margarida Eidson, Midge Stork, Kathy McGee, Harriet Clune, Bruce McGee, Jeff Hata
 
Meeting June 4, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary Club of Ventura-East Scholarship Recipients

The following students are recipients of the Rotary Club of Ventura-East Scholarships for 2020. This year we gave $100,000 in scholarships thanks to the generosity of past and current club members.
 
Major Donors
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East scholarships are made possible by the many contributions from club members, the Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation, Inc. (the “Foundation”) and the following major donors.

Robert “Bob” Beckwith joined the Rotary Club of Ventura-East in 1972 and was the longtime owner of California Office Equipment in Ventura. A World War II veteran, Bob bequeathed $1.9 Million to the Foundation to provide scholarships to students. Bob’s extraordinary gift will allow students to receive scholarships for generations to come.

Eric Nicolet joined Rotary in 1958 and was President of two Rotary Clubs including the Rotary Club of Ventura-East in 1979-80. Eric was a B-24 Liberator pilot in the Italian and North Africa Theaters during World War II. A lifelong educator, Eric was responsible for interviewing and hiring hundreds of faculty members at Ventura College over the years. He was also one of the founding members of the Ventura College Foundation.
 
Devere (“Pete”) and Arlene (“Tootie”) Gallagher. Pete was a Founding Member of the Rotary Club of Ventura-East in 1963. Pete and Tootie operated an automobile gas and service station in Ventura for decades and were anchors of the club. Through their generosity the club and the Foundation received funds dedicated to college scholarships.
 
Neal Cummins joined Rotary in 1957. Neil was a licensed civil engineer and served many years as an Executive Consultant for religious organizations including the Presbyterian Church. Neal recognized many charitable organizations upon his death including the Rotary Club of Ventura East.

------------- The Foundation ------------
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation, Inc. The Foundation was incorporated in 1992 and is a 501(c)(3) California Corporation (Tax ID No. is 77-0306970). Since 1963 the club and the Foundation have awarded over $446,000 in scholarships to over 195 high school and college students.
Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation, Inc.
William Gray, President
Joseph L. Strohman, Jr., Secretary/Treasurer
1050 S. Kimball Road
Ventura, CA 93004
805-659-6800
jstrohman@fcoplaw.com
 
Name
H. S.
Amount
College
Carly Leandro
FT
$5,000
Lewis & Clark College
Alireza Taeb
VH
$5,000
U.C. Riverside
Sol Buxton                                 
BH
$5,000
Cal Poly Pomona
Nikolai Haines
FT
$5,000
UCLA
Kamila Kunes
FT
$5,000
UCLA
Yalda Kotobi
VH
$4,000
Occidental College
Julia Schermer
VH
$4,000
USC
Aline Rodriques
FT
$3,000
UCLA
Julianna Garcia
VH
$3,000
Cal Poly SLO
Madeleine Locher
VH
$3,000
Dartmouth College
Brooklyn Grant
BH
$3,000
Grand Canyon Univ.
Hannah Yale                          
El C
$3,000
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Rebekah Yahner
FT
$3,000
Cal Poly SLO
Xyandalyn Kallstrom            
VH
$2,000
UCLA
Samantha Prehn
El C
$2,000
Unknown at this time
Isabella Francis
El C
$2,000
UC Santa Cruz
Bryan Rinde
VH
$2,000
UCSD
Jordan Sandoval
BH
$500
Ventura College
Katie Eikenberry
El C
$750
Ventura College
Breann Godeck
FT
$750
Ventura College
Kaylie Paul                             
El C
$750
Ventura College
Isabel Tenison
VH
$750
Ventura College
    
RENEWING SCHOLARSHIPS
 
 
 
NameCollegeAmount 
Coburn Barber
Cal Poly
2,000
 
Wessal Esber
UCSB
3,000
 
Gokul Varma
UC Irvine
1,500
 
Serena Zuniga
Cal Lutheran
2,500
 
Claire Hansen
Westmont
2,000
 
Amber Nozzi
Westmont
2,500
 
Eryn Wilkinson
UCLA
2,500
 
Corryn DuBransky, BHS
SDSU
2,000
 
Alexis Malone, FT
Westmont
2,000
 
Kaylie Pendelton, El C
Pac. N.W. C. of Art
2,000
 
Daniela Barbar, BHS
SDSU
2,000
 
 
Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients!
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Meeting May 28, 2020

President Jeff let us know about a campaign called “Cans for Dan.” We are collecting canned protein food to take Pizzaman Dan, where the food will be gathered and donated to FoodShare. This is a joint fundraiser between Ventura Downtown Lions and Rotary.
 
For our Inspiration today, members spoke about their memories of Tom Hashbarger.
 
Amy Towner spoke to us about the Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC.
  • June 9th will be going to Board of Supervisors to award contract. RMFC wrote a check for $1.2 million to go forward with the project.
  • Construction to start in about 6 – 8 weeks with completion late fall.
  • There will be naming opportunities for the Family Room
Next weeks meeting Rene Vandenberg Village Rotary will be our speaker. Speaking about Coast Caregivers Resource Center.
 
Happy $’s: Steve Harbison, Jeff Hata, Bruce McGee, Margarida Eidson, Todd Juvonen,
 
Meeting May 28, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 21, 2020

PE Margarida led our meeting today in place of President Jeff
 
We started our meeting with our speaker, Monica White, CEO from FoodShare.
 
PE Margarida let us know that we are working through a few Zoom issues that we will try and get fixed before next week.
 
Kathy McGee read an email from Cynthia Hashbarger and Cynthia let us know that Tom is under Hospice care at home.
 
Rich Stewart let us know that John Borneman’s son is donating all of John’s shoes to Mossy Foot.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Tim Hughes let us know that we awarded 39 scholarships this year. Tim thanked his team of Amber Stevens, Ken Kagan and Wendy Pazen. We had over 50 applications 19 repeat awardees…
 
Joe Strohman said that Tom Hasbarger is a Veteran and always helped organize our Veteran’s day programs.
 
Next week our program will be Amy Towner to give us an update on the RM Family Room.
 
Happy $’s: Karin Cally, Jeff Hata, Ken Kagan, Bruce McGee, Margarida Eidson, Laura Shannon, Sharon Daly
Meeting May 21, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 14, 2020

President Jeff gave our Inspirational Message. 
 
Husam Hishmeh spoke about John Borneman. Other members gave their memories of John.
 
President Jeff was notified that the Push-em Pull-em has been canceled for this year.
 
Next week PE Margarida will be leading our meeting. Monica White from FoodShare will be our program.
 
Dinner tonight is mouthwatering creamy white chicken, roasted vegetables…
 
Joe Strohman let us know that Ericka Mendez was awarded the Bob Pazen Vocationhal Scholarship and will be taking the RN test! She will be working at CMH starting in the fall!
 
Scholarship committee is working hard to go through the applications. 95% finalized on who will be awarded scholarships. About 15-20 previous awardees have also applied.
 
Rich Stewart reported that Sora will be returning to Japan on June 12th.
 
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Margarida Eidson
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Meeting May 7, 2020

PE Margarida led our meeting today.
 
PE Margarida gave our Inspirational Message
 
PE Margarida was asking how everyone was doing on Zoom. Overall the consensus was that people were doing OK, but missed the in person meetings.
 
Tonight’s dinner: 32 signed up. Fajitas Beef & Chicken, rice, beans, tortillas and flan!
 
There is a box at the back door to the Pavilion for Project Understanding collecting food to distribute.
 
Sharon Daly reported on what’s going on in the African Continent. There are low levels of COVID-19 so far.
 
Joe Strohman asked Sharon Daly how the donation from the club foundation was going to be used. Sharon said they have 16 clinics for Mossy Foot training people on how to prevent COVID. They are buying bleach, sanitizer and cleaning supplies with the donation.
 
PE Margarida went over how the meals are going to be charged.
 
Happy $’s: Carin Kally, Jeff Hata, Cal Magro, Tom Swan, Bruce McGee, Steve Harbison
 
PE Margarida spoke about the power of positive thinking at this time.
Meeting May 7, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting April 30, 2020

President Jeff welcomed everyone to the meeting
 
President Jeff did our Inspirational Message today.
 
Presidents Announcements:
  • Board meeting this Monday at 5:30
  • Tonight’s dinner at the Pavilion! Margarida said the dinner will be delicious!
  • Next week’s program will be President Jeff presenting the Governor’s 3-point plan to reopen the state.
  • President Jeff is looking for additional programs.
Bruce McGee: Local Love Project is collecting food. Need help on Mondays from 10:00 – 2:00.
 
Happy $’s: Margarida Eidson, Ashley Pope,
 
President Jeff updated us on the county policy on masks. Dr. Levin recommends everyone wear a mask regardless if you are healthy or not. You should wear a cloth mask and not a medical grade mask. So the policy is that masks in Ventura County are not mandatory.
 
Bruce Mcgee said that John Borneman is not mobile at this time. Please keep John in your thoughts and prayers
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Meeting April 23, 2020

President Jeff gave our Inspirational message.
 
Our visiting Rotarian was  District Governor Savi Bhim.
 
Presidents Announcements:
  • Our speaker today was Todd Juvonen on CARES Act.
  • Next Week our speaker will be the STEMBASSADORS.
  • Tonights dinner, we have 55 people signed up for our take-out dinner. Stacey and her crew are preparing the meal. You can pick-up between 5 & 6.
  • We are thinking about doing this weekly with a Zoom “chat” that evening.
Community Service:
Amber Stevens Happy Birthday!
 
Bruce let us know about a virtual event for Ronald McDonald House. Walk for Kids was April 5th. On Friday April 26th at 5:00 there will be a benefit concert.
 
Joe Strohman - Our club foundation voted to support the following organizations for COVID-19:
$6,000 - Mossy Foot
$2,000 - Ventura Family YMCA
$2,000 - Project Understanding
$2,000 - Autism Society of Ventura County
$2,000 - Ronald McDonald Family Room
$1,000 - Foodshare
In addition the Club has donated $500 to the Stembassadors.
 
Tim Hughes: Applications for scholarships are out. We are giving $100,000 this year.
 
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Jeff Hata, Emily Barany, Jeff Burgh, Bruce McGee, Adonis Campillo, Jose Strohman.
 
Roy Valdez's daughter is 3 months old and doing well!
 
Adonis Campillos’s daughter is doing well also, sleeping 6 hours at a time which is a blessing, 2 months old.
 
Ashley Pope reported that Gavin is doing well, Gavin misses the interaction with his peers.
 
Rich Stewart let us know that our exchange student, Sora, is doing online classes with a school in Japan, finishing her semester at Buena online and doing a remedial course online for classes missed.
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Meeting April 9, 2020

President Jeff started our meeting by giving our Inspirational Message.
 
President's Announcements:
  • Our program next week will be "Covid-19 Impacts on Non-Profits", Sharon Daly from Mossy Foot and Emily Barany from Visionality will be speaking.
  • The following week we will hear from Stembassadors. A group of high school students who are making 3D printed faceshields for first responders.
  • RYLA has been canceled for this year. The board made a decision to have RYLA hold our fees for this year and apply them to next year.
  • We have $2818 in District Matching Grants available for next year. We will be applying for a grant to support YMCA Operation Ventura program in round 1 and a grant to be determined for Mossy Foot in round 2.
  • The club has asked our Foundation for some funds to help support some of our non-profits.
Avenues of Service:
  • Amber Stevens reported on The Walk for Kids. It went well despite the Shelter in Place orders. We hit our club goal of $1,000 and we still have some member donations coming in. Overall we hit $52,734 with a goal of $150,000.
  • Joe Strohman reported that the Ron Hertel 4Way Test Essay contest has been completed and the students have been notified.
Happy $'s: Margarida Eidson
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Meeting April 2, 2020

President Jeff welcomed everyone to our meeting. We will be doing this for quite awhile.
 
Visiting Rotarian Cheree Edwards from the Rotary Club of Ojai.
 
President Jeff will be sending out a zoom invitation for Monday’s board meeting.
 
President Jeff let us know that we are working to put together small groups in “rooms” so we can have discussions like we normally do.
 
Presidents Announcments:
Dr. Levin said we need to wear masks when out in public.
What are we as Rotarian’s going to do to help…???
Gave an update on where we are with COVID IN THE COUNTY
As of 4-2-2020
Positive Covid19 cases - 160
Ventura - 18
Over 3,000 tests administered to date
5 deaths – 2 additional undetermined
 
In 2-3 weeks
200-400 new positive cases a day
Potential for over 1,000 deaths in County of Ventura
 
Dr. Levin – Peak in 3-7 weeks Maybe – Don’t know!  Then begin the long road down to normal.
New Public Health Order:  Extends Emergency Declaration to April 19th
Close – Beaches/Parks/Campgrounds
All to wear masks in public
  1. Stay in Place
  2. Maintain your space
  3. Cover your face
    1. Bandana/Neck Gaiter/homemade
    2. NOT N954 or Surgical Masks
Front lines – Hospitals
Need – Face shields and surgical gowns  - Local community is making
Have – Masks (for now)
Ventilators – Have some in reserve, but looking for more
Test Kits – More coming 40k on Monday
 
Shopping
Social Distancing - maintain your space – 6 feet
Trader Joes is example of what’s being done right
Walmart and Target – What’s being done wrong
Close off products within the stores that are non-essential
Everything except food is non-essential
Costco – Plexiglass between staff and public. The new normal
 
Homeless
County currently contracting with 4 hotels (Ventura/Oxnard/Simi/TO) Additional hotels coming on line soon – Current bed capacity is 550.
In Ventura – Vagabond on Thompson is being used to house the homeless.  Fenced off with security guards. Everyone tested as they come into the area.  All covid19 positive cases are housed at the Oxnard location.
 
Food Share
Pop-up “tent” food pantries
8 locations throughout the County
Ventura location – Fair Grounds, Starting Monday, April 6th from 12noon – 2pm
Donate $$ to Food Share
 
Feeding the Frontline Workers
“World Central Kitchen” will be feeding Hospital staff three meals a day beginning very soon.
WCK will be contracting with local restaurants for 200 meals a day each, all to be delivered to area hospitals free of charge.  Three meals a day.  To donate – www.donate.wck.org
 
At Board meeting this coming Monday discuss:
Continue to pay Stacey – to cover her contract the best we can.
Other donation ideas - $$ From Foundation
 
Avenue of Service Announcements:
Amber spoke about the Virtual Walk for Kids coming Saturday.
Happy $’s: Bruce  McGee, Jeff Hata
Meeting April 2, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

RCVE is Virtual!

 
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East went live on-line with our first "Virtual" meeting via Zoom! Thank you to everyone who signed on and partcipated.
 
If you would like to join us, we meet Thursdays at noon via Zoom for now: https://zoom.us/j/417256027
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Meeting March 26, 2020

President Jeff rang the virtual bell and brought our meeting to order.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by President Jeff.
 
Emily Barany went over some Zoom housekeeping and some etiquette rules.
  • Some items that were discussed was creating small breakout rooms at the beginning of the meeting so people could meet in small groups and just talk like a regular meeting
  • Possible having our caterer make up box lunches and members can pick them up and then go back home for the meeting.
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week’s Program – Small Groups – Keeping in Touch
Avenues of Service:
Community – Amber
  • Puzzle competition TBD
  • Walk for Kids going Virtual
  • Georganne is making cloth masks to put filters in. Donation to Rotarians who need them or sell as a fundraiser.
Vocational – Joe
  • 4 way essay test is wrapping up
  • Bob Pazen Vocational Scholarship winner is a nursing student from Ventura College, Ericka Allen
  • The money for this year’s scholarships has already been put aside.
Youth –  Our youth exchange student, Hyla, is coming back early from her exchange in Japan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Happy $’s Husam Hishmeh, Kathy McGee, Margarida Eidson, Rich Stewart, Emily Barany.
 
Husam wanted to see what we can do to help the doctors. Bruce is working with Kat and suggested we donate the use of our BBQ trailer.
 
Program:  Taking care of yourself and others during the Covid-19 outbreak  - I will discuss the avenues available for those who have questions – FAQ’s.
 
If you hear of anyone in the club who is in need, let us know what we can do to help them.
 
Thought for the week…
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?””.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Meeting March 5, 2020

Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tom Swan gave an inspirational message about Bob Lynn. Passed the mic around for a memorial. 
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Margarida Eidson.
 
President Jeff thanked Roy Valdez for greeting & Tim Hughes for taking attendance.
 
Our Opportunity drawing was a gift card to Yolanda's donated by Sharon Daly.
 
Presidents announcements:
Next Week's Program – Ally Gialketsis – Food Forward
Board Meeting – March 9th 5:30pm – My Office
March 14th St. Patrick's Day Parade
     o 10am – More Info to come
March 27th Salsa Class/Dance at the Poinsettia Pavilion 6:30-10:30pm
 
Avenues of Service:
Community – Amber
     o April 5th  Walk for Kids - 8am – Ventura State Beach
     o April 19th Second Annual Club Puzzle Competition - 10am – 1pm – Ventura YMCA to benefit Autism Society and our Club
 
Happy $'s: Carin Kalley, Rich Stewart, Husam Hishmeh, Ashley Pope
 
Rich Stewart conducted the Opportunity Drawing and our lucky winner was Cal Magro.
 
Thought for the week...
"Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it".
- Abraham Lincoln
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Meeting February 27, 2020

P.E. Margarida Eidson rang the bell to bring the meeting to order!
 
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
P.E. Margarida let us know that Bob Lynn suffered a stroke. We will keep you informed as we get any news
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guests of P.E. Margarida were Braxton Leonard, Ken  Greenlinger, & Ceasar Castillo.
GOC Emily Barany.
 
P.E. Margarida thanked Cal Magro for greeting & Kathy McGee for taking attendance.
 
Our Opportunity Drawing was $50 cash donated by P.E. Margarida Eidson.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week’s Program – John Krist – Ventura County Agriculture Update
  • March 14th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 10am – More Info to come
  • March 27th Salsa Class/Dance, Poinsettia Pavilion 6:30-10:30pm
Avenues of Service:
 
Community – Amber
April 5th  Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids, 8am – Ventura State Beach
April 19th Second Annual Club Puzzle Competition, 10am – 1pm – Ventura YMCA, Benefit Autism Society and our Club
 
Vocational – Joe
Balboa Essays have been received
Nursing Scholarship recipient has been selected.
 
Roy Valdez announced the birth of Baby Camila and Adonis announced the birth of Baby Mia. Congratulations!!!
 
Happy $’s Wendy Pazen, Amber Stevens, Bruce McGee, Roy Valdez, Adonis Campillo
 
Rich Stewart conducted the Opportunity Drawing and our lucky winner was  Cal Magro.
 
Thought for the week…
“The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among free men”.
James Buchanan
Meeting February 27, 2020 Jeff Hata 2020-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting February 13, 2020

Kathy McGee led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Kathy McGee.
Introductions of guests was done by Vance Thompson
 
Visiting Rotarians from the Newport Beach Global Service Club Lorelei and Alan Test.
 
President Jeff thanked Tim Hughes for greeting and Jeff Hata for taking attendance.
 
Opportunity drawing was a box of Assorted Sees Candy and Dark Chocolate Sees Candy.
 
Presidents Announcements
Third Thursday at Peking Restaurant 5:30
February 22nd Rise Against Hunger event. Here at the Poinsettia Pavilion 10:00 – 12:00.
St Patrick’s Day Parade is March 14th. We would love to get everyone out walking on the street in Memory of Pete Gallagher. More information to follow.
March 19th will be Job Shadow day.
April 5th Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids
2nd Annual Club Puzzle contest April 19th
 
Margarida Eidson announced a new fundraiser. Salsa Dance and lesson day. March 27th from 6:30 – 10:30.
 
Happy $’s: Sharon Daly, Margarida Eidson, Jeff Burgh, Tim Hughes, John Borneman,
 
Bruce McGee spoke about Membership.
 
Margarida Eidson let us know that she had an amazing time at PETS last weekend. She’s fired up and ready to go!!!
 
President Jeff conducted the raffle and the lucky winners were Margarida Eidson & Carin Kally.
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Meeting February 6, 2020

Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
President Jeff delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
President Jeff thanked Cal Magro for greeting and Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Carin Kelly brought our Opportunity Drawing which was a gift basket of Pancake Mixes!
 
President's Announcments
  • Next week is a craft talk
  • Monday 10th board meeting
  • Feb 20th meeting is at Peking Restaurant
  • Feb 22nd Rise up against Hunger event. Cal Magro showed what the packets would look like.
 
Community Service
  • 2nd Annual Puzzle competition is scheduled for April 19th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  • April 5th Ronald McDonald walk for kids
Happy $’s: Ashley Pope, John Borneman, Sharon Daly, Jeff Burgh
 
Harriet Clune conducted the Opportunity Drawing and our lucky winner was Bill Gray!
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Meeting January 30, 2020

Amber Steven led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Husam Hishmeh delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
Adnois Campillo introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra, guest of Husam Hishmeh was Katie, and visiting us today was Melissa.
 
President Jeff thanked Rich Stewart for greeting & Harriet Clune for taking attendance.
 
 
Our Opportunity Drawing was a bottle of red wine donated by Jeff Hata.
 
Presidents announcements:
Next Week’s Program – Aimee Stork Design for education disablities
Sunday – Service for Pete – 11:00am Poinsettia Pavilion
RYLA
 
Avenues of Service:
Community – Amber Stevens
  • April 5 Walk for Kids
  • April 19 Puzzle Contest
  • Bruce McGee is looking for sponsors for walk for kids
Youth Exchange – We need a family to host Sora.
 
Feb 22 – Rise Against Hunger 10 - 12
 
Happy $’s Bill Hicks, Jim Word, Kathy McGee, Tim Hughes, Bill Spellman, Jeff Burgh, Judy Hoag, Colin Hoag.
 
Rich Stewart was the luck winner of this week raffle.
 
Thought for the week…
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”.
Martin Luther King Jr.
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Meeting January 16, 2019

Margarida Eidson led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
President Jeff let the club know that Pete passed. Members of the club took some time to tell stories about Pete's long Rotary career.
 
Rich Stewart introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Visiting Rotarian Tony Rios
 
President Jeff thanked Kathy McGee for greeting & Alison Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Opportunity drawing:  Bottle of wine and gift card to Brohpy’s and gift basket by Jim Word
 
Presidents announcements:
Next Week’s Program – District Governor’s Visit/Social
Combined Evening Meeting
5:30pm-7:30pm @ Poinsettia Pavilion
Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band to perform
We have four students going to RYLA this year and gave our last spot to a student on a waiting list from the Downtown club.
 
Happy $’s – Tom Swan, Jeff Hata, Husam Hishmeh, President Jeff and Sharon Daly
 
Raffle Drawing 1st winner: Bruce McGee and 2nd winner: Laura Shannon
 
Thought for the week…
“Never let yesterday use up to much of today”.
Will Rogers
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Meeting December 12, 2019

Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Ashley Pope.
 
Harriet Clune introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra Esquivel, guest of President Jeff was Tom Crozier, guest of Bruce McGee was Emily Barany, guest of the club was Ron Baldonado and guest of Ron Baldonado was Ron's son, Lucas Baldonado.
Visiting Rotarian was Laura Sipera.
 
President Jeff thanked Amber Stevens for greeting & Tom Hashbarger for taking attendance.
 
The opportunity drawing was $50 cash generously donated by Husam Hishmeh.
 
President Jeff presented Ashley & Jose, our servers with Christmas Checks.
 
Cal &Adonis were voted in at Large Directors
 
Presidents announcements:
Next Week’s Program – Club Holiday Party
Club Christmas Party – December 19th – Island Packers Harbor Cruise – Arrive 5:45pm -Boat leaves at 6:30pm returns at 830pm – Cost per attendee - $40.00   includes Cruise/Food/Non-Alcoholic Drinks (Alcoholic Drinks $$)
Elections of Cal and Adonis to Club Board of Directors 2020-2023
Cornhole Tournament – Committee Sign-up
Salvation Army – Bell Ringer – Saturday December 21st
December 26th Day after Christmas – Dark
January 2nd – Day after New Years - Dark
January 23, 2020 – District Gov Social ??
January 23, 2020 – District Governor’s Visit
Need a family to host Sora for the last part of the year.
 
Margarida Eidson – Military family support 5 families. Needs 2 more volunteers to purchase for Military families.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about donating to the foundation PHF points.
 
Judy Hoag thanked everyone for selling poinsettias this year.
 
Joe Strohman announced our club Foundation just went over 3 million.
 
Avenues of Service:
 
Happy $’s – Bill Hicks, Ron Baldonado, Husam Hishmeh.
 
Harriet Clune conducted the opportunity drawing and our lucky winner was our guest, Rosandra Esquivel!
 
Thought for the week…
“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it”.

Thomas J

Meeting December 12, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

2020-2023 Director at Large Nominations

The following people have been nominated to fill Director at Large positions on the Rotary Club of Ventura-East Board for the term July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
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Meeting November 7, 2019

Posted on Nov 07, 2019
President Jeff led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Margarida Eidson Introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of President Jeff was Ron Baldonado.
 
President Jeff thanked Steve Harbison for greeting & Amber Stevens for taking attendance.
 
Our Opportunity Drawing gift was Starbucks mugs and coffee from  Roy Valdez.
 
President Jeff asked everyone to take a minute to reflect and honor our veterans.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week’s Program  - Ventura County District Attorney
  • Rotaract – Mexico Build – November 9th
  • Board Meeting – Tue November 12th 5:30pm my office
  • Poinsettia Sales Deliveries – December 5th
  • Club Christmas Party – December 19th
  • January 23, 2020 – District Governor’s Visit
  • Still needs names for RYLA
Avenues of Service:
  • Community – Amber Stevens
    • Dec 21 – Bell ringing day
    • Nov 13 – Community service meeting
  • International – Judy Hoag
    • Sell Poinsettias
  • Vocational – Joe Strohman
    • Joe brought hammers for all going to Mexico
    • Next week we will honor our Students of the Quarter
    • Margarida Eidson asked for volunteers to help shop for 4 Military families we will be supporting this holiday season.
    • Bob Pazen memorial nursing scholarships will be open in January
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Rich Stewart, Margarida Eidson, Ashley Pope, Bill Spellman
 
Rich Stewart conducted our raffle and our lucky winner was Husam Hishmeh!
 
Thought for the week…
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
  • Mae West
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RYLA 2020

If you know of a local high school Junior (Preferred) or Sophomore, please contact Bill Spellman and let him know we have 4 open spaces that we need to fill for RYLA 2020. 
 
If you do not know what RYLA is or want to share with a potential attendee here is the link to the RYLA website: RYLA5240.org.
 
To contact Bill you can email him at ojaibill@aol.com
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A Thank you from Nicaragua

Our club has had a long history in Nicaragua culminating in the foundation of GoCare and the last Global Grant to establish 3 learning centers in Nicaragua. Our involvement started out as a coffee project but soon morphed into a water project, we learned that the coffee plants were not necessarily ending up where we thought they would go.  Our early efforts were led by Jan Lindsay and Tom Crozier with Tom being very involved with our water projects and along with a Rotary Club in Oklahoma we had quite a big project going on down there.
 
This led to the project and GoCare starting to do Vocational Training. Jan believed that if we could teach the people real skills that we could help alleivate the poverty going on. Tom spent much time in Nicaragua and for a very long time was our go too person in country. Tom also made available scholarships to some of the students. The following is a letter written to Tom by his last student. Thank you Tom for all you have done.
 
 
Managua, Nicaragua
 
Hello Mr, Tom Crozier, I hope you are well
 
Through this letter, I want to inform you personally; I have successfully completed my degree in Finance and the English course I was taking in the language school of the UCA.
 
I also take the opportunity to inform you that the graduation ceremony will be held on October 19 or this year, I would have greatly liked that you were present at that event; However Karla explained the reason for her absence and I really understand the situation.
 
However, it is necessary to emphasize that this triumph that I have had in my professional life has not only been mine; but I also consider it yours, because it was you who supported me to reach this goal and who trusted me and my desire to excel; I don’t think I have enough words to thank you for the kind gesture you have had with me for such a long time; for the attention I give in my studies, for his concern that I was well and that he had the resources to continue fighting for my professionalization.
 
In short, you have given me the opportunity to change my life for good; Well, now that I am a professional, I have more possibilities to get ahead and give my family better conditions; That is why today I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and I wish God to multiply and bless you greatly for such noble work towards me.
 
Believe me, I will do my best to assert the title I have won thanks to my effort and support; I only hope in God that this socio-political situation in the country will change and not obscure or limit my objectives; well, I want to continue preparing and opt in the future for a postgraduate or master´s degree to study abroad; but you can do it right here to contribute to the stability of the country.
 
Without further ado I Say goodbye to you wishing you many successes in your personal and business projects
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Meeting September 26, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 26, 2019
President Jeff led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Adonis Campillo introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Bruce McGee was Jordan Eller and guest of Tom Swan was Bob Harrell. Guest of the club was Karin Calley.
 
President Jeff thanked Roy Valdez for greeting & Tom Swan for taking attendance.
 
Margarida announced that our opportunity drawing was a Gift Basket with a bottle of wine and other goodies generously donated by  Rich Stewart.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Thank you everyone who came out to the first Third Thursday
  • Next Week’s Program  Judge Hintz – County T-TC
  • RYLA – Need Names (Bill Spellman)
  • Rotaract – Mexico Build – November 9th
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • NAMIWalk rescheduled to May 2020
  • January 23, 2020 – District Governor’s Visit
Avenues of Service:
Community Service – Amber Stevens let us know that she still needed 3 volunteers for the United Way Day of Caring Rescue Mission project and for the EP Foster Library project.
 
International – Judy Hoag announced that Poinsettia Sales have begun.
 
Sharon Daly spoke about her Mossy Foot Trip.
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Kathy McGee, Ashley Pope and Tom Swan.
 
 

Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Amber Stevens!

Meeting September 26, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 19, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 19, 2019
Welcome to our First Third Thursday Night!!
 
President Jeff and Roy Valdez introduced Sora Inayama to the club. This was Sora's first visit to the club and everyone had a lot of questions for Sora. It was good to meet Sora and we look forward to getting to know her better in the future.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week – First – Fundraiser/Membership
  • RYLA – Need Names (Bill Spellman)
  • Rotaract – Mexico Build – November 9th
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • January 23, 2020 – District Governor’s Visit
Meeting September 19, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 12, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 12, 2019
P.E. Margarida Eidson led our meeting today!
 
Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Bruce McGee.
 
Roy Valdez introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Carolyn Diacos was Monica McGrath, guest of Margarida Eidson was Tom Shaw & Mary Jackson, guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly, guest of Vance Thompson was Gordon Cornett, guest of Tim Hughes was John Hughes, guest of Bruce McGee was Jordan Eller and guest of Jim Word was Joan Phelps. Visiting from Ventura -South today was Past President Melody Thurman, Sandy Warren and Marcy Belton,
 
P.E. Margarida thanked Tom Sawn for greeting & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Sandy Warren spoke about Ventura-South's Trivia Challenge on November 6th at 6:00. The location will be the Tower Club.
 
PE Margarida announced that our Opportunity Drawing prize was a $50 gift card to Rincon Brewing generously donated by Husam HIshmeh.
 
President Elect's announcements:
  • The tent that is in the parking lot is for Young Life fundraiser.
  • Next Week – First – “Third Thursday Night” @ Rincon Brewery – Starts 6:30pm
  • August – Exchange student from Japan arrived
  • Board Meeting – Monday the 16th @ 5:30pm (Not the 9th)
  • RYLA – Need Names (Bill Spellman)
  • Rotaract – Mexico Build – November
  • Pizza Fundraiser September 18th at the Dominos on Telephone and Petit. $10 all you can eat from 5:30 - 8:00
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • January 23, 2020 – District Governor’s Visit
  • John Borneman spoke Bill Crookston and Bill is having fluid removed from his lungs and cannot drive any longer. Please stop and say hi to Bill.
 
Avenues of Service:
Amber Steven, Community Service, the next Community Service opportunity will be United Way's Day of Caring 
Day of caring on September 28th from 9:00 - 12:00.
 
 
Joe Strohman, Vocational Service,  is working on a Vocational Scholarship in Bob Pazen’s name to a nursing student
 
Our Opportunity Drawing was held and our lucky winner was John Hughes!
 
Thought for the week…
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

Bil Keane

Meeting September 12, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 5, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 05, 2019
Tim Hughes led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Kris Hansen gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Kathy McGee introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Sharon Daly was Lucille Miller and guest of Ashley Pope was Angie Brinkoff.
 
PEN Kris Hasen thanked Adonis Campillo for greeting & Amber Stevens for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our Opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Rincon Brewery donated by Ken Kagan.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week – Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub
  • August – Exchange student from Japan arrived
  • Board Meeting – Monday the 16th @ 5:30pm (Not the 9th)
  • September 19th – Our First Third Thursday Night @ Rincon Brewery – Start at 6:30pm
  • RYLA – Need Names (Bill Spellman)
  • Rotaract – Mexico Build – November
    • Joe Strohman thanked members for donations
    • Pizza Sept. 18 5:30 – 8:00
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • January 23, 2020 – District Governor’s visit
Avenues of Service:
  • Community – Amber
    • Wednesday September 11th is the next Community Service meeting.
  • Youth – Kris Interact is in process
  • Combined Rotary event 10/30 pints and pino for polio
Happy $’s: Ashley Pope, Sam Marsh, Husam Hishmeh, Rich Stewart, Bill Gray, Jeff Hata, Margarida Eidson and Kris Hansen.
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Husam Hishmeh.
 
Thought for the week…
“Work hard in Silence.  Let success be your noise.”
  • unknown
Meeting September 5, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 29, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 29, 2019
Bill Hicks led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
President Jeff gave our Inspirational Message.
Margarida Eidson introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Tom Swan was Georganna Hawley, guest of Margarida Eidson was Mary Jackson, guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly and guest of Bruce McGee was Jordan Eller.
Guest of the club was Karin Calley and visiting us again today was Carrie Costers.
Visiting from Ventura Unified School District was Rebbecca Chandler.
 
President Jeff thanked Margarida Eidson for greeting & Tom Swan for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our opportunity drawing was a bottle of Labyrinth Winery Chardonay and Pinot generously donated by  Jeff Hata.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week – Ashley Pope - Autism
  • August – Exchange student from Japan arrived
  • Taste of Ventura – August 29th 5:30pm Museum of Ventura County
  • September 19th – Our First Third Thursday Night @ Rincon Brewery – Start at 6:30pm
  • RYLA
  • Rotaract – Mexico Build
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • January 23, 2020 – District Governor’s Visit
Avenues of Service:
  • Community – Amber Stevens
    • 9/10 Community Service Meeting at 10:00
    • 9/28 United Way Day of Caring 9:00 – 12:00
    • 10/12 NAMI Walk
    • October Pumpkin Patch
    • Walk for Kids April 5th
 
Happy $’s: Georganna Hawley, Mary Jarvis and Rich Stewart
 
Margarida Eidson conducted our Opportunity Drawing and our lucky winner was Georganna Hawley.
 
Thought for the week…
“When you’re 20, you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40, you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you’re 60, you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place.”
-Winston Churchill
Meeting August 29, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 22, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 22, 2019
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Harriet Clune introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Midge Stork was her son Todd, guest of Sharon Daly was Lucille Miller and visiting us today was Carrie Costers.
Visiting Rotarians were Past President of Ventura Rotaract Olivia Strohman & current President of Ventura Rotaract Rachel Wentz.
 
President Jeff thanked Cal Magro for greeting & Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Tom Swan generously donated our Opportunity Drawing door prize which was a $50 gift card to Urbane Cafe.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week – Ventura County Sup. of Schools
  • August – Exchange student from Japan arrived
  • Taste of Ventura – August 29th 5:30pm Museum of Ventura County (Tickets still available)
  • September 19th – Our First Third Thursday Night @ Rincon Brewery – Start at 6:30pm
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • January 23, 2020 – District Governor’s Visit
  • RYLA – 5 spots, 2 are taken
Past President Jeff Hata presented Midge Stork with a Paul Harris Fellow from the club for all the work Midge has done for our club and community!
 
Happy $’s: President Jeff and Kris Hansen.
 
Rachel Wentz & Olivia Strohman spoke about Rotaract's Mexico Build which is scheduled for November.
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Ken Kagan!
 
Thought for the week…
“one cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present”
-Golda Meir
Meeting August 22, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 15, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 15, 2019
President Elect Margarida Eidson led our meeting today.
 
Kathy McGee led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Roy Valdez gave our Inspirational Message by asking Bill Spellman to read the Baby in the car.
 
The baby in the car
 
In the late 1980s and early 90s Paula and I were involved with a group called the Center for US/USSR Initiatives.  It was a sort of people to people program as the Soviet Union was falling apart.  We traveled with the group in 1989  for my third and final Russian trip.
 
In the early 90s, the group proposed an intern program.  Since the state owned everything in the USSR, private enterprise was against the law. It existed but it was all black market.  The idea was to bring potential entrepreneurs to the US to "intern" with American business people to see how business was organized in the US.  Since several couples from Ojai had been on the trip, it was natural to bring one of the groups to this area.
 
There were about fifteen of them.  Paula and I met them at LAX.  The businesses involved were in Ojai and Ventura.  Bill Hicks had one of the interns at Barber Ford.
 
One of the ladies, Karina Atenesian, spoke excellent English as would be expected since she was a college professor in Armenia and taught English.  She spoke with an accent but had better grammar than most Americans.
 
Karina interned with Andi Bloom at Tottenham Court, an English tearoom in Ojai.  She planned on opening a gift shop in Yerevan Armenia.  Everyone fell in love with the interns but especially with Karina.  They stayed for about a month and we were all sad to see them go back.
When Karina returned, she wrote to the ladies at Tottenham Court that everything had fallen apart.  There was war with Azerbaijan.  The economy had collapsed and there was no way she could open a business in the near future.  There was no heat in their apartment building, no electricity and the winter was unusually severe.  Her son and daughter in law had a new baby and it was so cold that the baby could not get to sleep.  They had to bundle up the baby and drive around in the car with the heater on so that it was warm enough for him to go to sleep.
We all felt badly about they were suffering. What touched those of us who had children the most was the thought of  the baby in the car.  As we all sat around here with cushy little lives with our nice warm houses.  We all felt that we needed to do something but were helpless.
The ladies at Tottenham Court chipped in and bought a ticket for Karina to return to the US.  She was able to return legally and get a green card.  She could not have made enough money at Tottenham Court to support herself so I helped her get a job at Golden West.   
As soon as she was able, she started to work on getting her family to the US.  Amazingly, she was able to get her whole family here within a few years, all legally.  Even her mother.
 
She worked at Golden West until we sold to Blue Cross in 2001.  We kept in touch for a  few years but I eventually lost connection with the family.
 
Last week as we gave out the Scholarships, we were impressed with the quality of all the recipients but especially Tigran Parsdanyan.  After he finished speaking  Michael Doyle asked him to say a little about his family coming to America.  When he mentioned the Azerbaijan war and the cold winters, I immediately had a flood of memories, especially about the baby in the car.
 
After the meeting Tigraan's mother and father came up to me and reminded me of our connection.
 
Tigran was the baby in the car.
 
Bill Spellman
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of the Club - Carin Kally and guest of Sharon Daly was Lucille Miller.
 
PE Margarida thanked Kris Hansen for greeting and Alison Thompson for taking attendance.
 
PE Margarida thanked Alisaon Thompson, President Jeff, Tom Hashbarger, Bruce McGee, Tom and Georganna Swan for helping with the Backpack project last Saturday.
 
Roy Valdez announced that today's raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Finney's!
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week – Membership Drive (Club Meeting) & Mexico build.
  • August 17th Rubicon “Into the Woods” – Matinee
  • August – Exchange student from Japan arrived
  • Taste of Ventura – August 29th 5:30pm Museum of Ventura County (Tickets still available)
  • September 19th – Our First Third Thursday Night @ Rincon Brewery – Start at 6:30pm
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • January 23, 2020 – District Governor’s Visit
PE Margarida read a letter from Sharon Daly thanking the club for donating the Opportunity Drawing to Mossy Foot and for all the donations to take back to Ethiopia.
 
Thought for the week....
"The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises - it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them."
-John F. Kennedy
Meeting August 15, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 8, 2019

Posted on Aug 08, 2019
Roy Valdez led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Ashley Pope delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
Todd Juvonen introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
 
President Jeff thanked Rich Stewart for greeting & Alison Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that Ashley Pope generously donated opportunity drawing prize today.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week – Karen Hall – Mediation Skills for Business
  • August 10th BackPack Project
  • August 17th Rubicon “Into the Woods”
  • August – Exchange student from Japan arrives
    • Still need host family for last three months of stay.
  • September 19th – Our First Third Thursday Night @ Rincon Brewery – Start at 6:30pm
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • January 23, 2020 – District Governor’s Visit
Avenues of Service:
  • International – Judy and Sharon
    • Mossyfoot trip – Basket – LG Socks/Elastic bandages
 
Thought for the week…
 
“The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises – it is a set of challenges.  It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them.”
John F. Kennedy
Meeting August 8, 2019 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 1, 2019

Posted by Jeff Burgh on Aug 01, 2019
Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Vance Thompson introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Sharon Daly was Lucille Miller. Guest of the club was Carin Kally. Visiting the club today were Aimee and Amber Nozzi.
 
President Jeff thanked Tom Swan for greeting & Wendy Pazen for taking attendance.
 
Our Opportunity drawing prize was generously donated by Tom Swan.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • August 10th BackPack Project
  • August 13th – Exchange student from Japan arrives
    • Still need host family for last three months of stay.
  • September 19th – Our First Third Thursday Night @ Rincon Brewery – Start at 6:30pm
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • October 24th – World Polio Day
Avenues of Service:
International – Judy and Sharon
Mossyfoot trip – Basket – LG Socks/Elastic bandages
 
Thought for the week…
“The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises – it is a set of challenges.  It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them.”
John F. Kennedy
Meeting August 1, 2019 Jeff Burgh 2019-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 25, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 25, 2019
Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Rich Stewart.
  • Guest of the club was Carin Kally
  • Guest of Laura Shannon was Steven Prange.
  • Guest of Margarida Eidson was Mary Jackson.
  • Sharon Daly was Orion Awa-Dubose & Kevin Daly.
  • Guest of the Club was Rotaract President Rachel Wintz
  • Guest of Tom Swan was Georganna Hawley
  • Guest of  Joe Strohman was Hannah Strohman
 
President Jeff thanked Laura Shannon for greeting & Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson annoucned that our raffle prize was Cuban Rum and Cigars most generously donated by Adonis Campillo.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week (August 1st) – “All Hands” meeting
  • August – Exchange student from Japan arrives
    • Still need host family for last three months of stay.
  • September 19th – Our First Third Thursday Night @ Rincon Brewery – Start at 6:30pm
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • October 24th – World Polio Day
  • August 1 – Mission Bank Ribbon Cutting 4:30-6:30
    • @VCMC Children’s Racer 4 – 5
  • August 10 – Backpack Project 9 – 12
Avenues of Service:
  • International – Judy and Sharon
    • Mossyfoot trip – Basket – LG Socks/Elastic bandages
  • Margarida – Blood drive
    • Pavilion landscape
Happy $’s: Laura Shannon, Midge Stork, Georganna Hawley, Harriet Clune & Husam Hishmeh.
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Margarida Eidson!!!!
 
Thought for the week…
 
“The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30% of their ice cream.”
  • Bill Murray
Meeting July 25, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 18, 2018

Posted by Ashley Pope on Jul 18, 2019
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Roy Valdez gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Adonis Campillo introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Sharon Daly wasEvan Cantrell and guest of Joe Strohman was Joe's daughter Hannah.
 
President Jeff thanked Sharon Daly for greeting & Colin Hoag for taking attenance.
 
Our Opportunity Drawing was a $50 gift card to the Yardhouse generously donated by President Jeff!
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next Week - July 25th Program Mayor Matt Levere
  • August – Exchange student from Japan arrives 
    • Still need host family for last three months of stay.
  • Augest 1st- all hands meeting (club assembly) 
  • September 19th – Our First Third Thursday Night @ Rincon Brewery – Start at 6:30pm
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
  • October 24th – World Polio Day - talked about having a polio program that day but we are dark. 
  • Mission bank has a ribbon cutting Thursday 8/1 from 4:30-6:30PM. 
Avenues of Service:
The Ventura Chamber Taste event will be on August 29th. We need to have 40 people sign up for this event, the tickets will be $25/ticket.
 
The Backpack Project will be on August 10th. More details to follow.
 
International – Judy and Sharon
o Mossyfoot trip - needs $$ for shoes 
 
Happy $’s:
Midge- gave a happy dollar for Rubicon kids being at the meeting 
Roy- is having a BABY!!! In Jan 2020!!!
John- gave a happy dollar for a youth that helped him get some stuff up his driveway. 
Tom- saved several hundred dollars by avoiding a scam phone call!
 
Thought for the week…
 
“The key to success is playing the hand you were dealt like it was the hand you wanted.”
- Voltaire

 
Meeting July 18, 2018 Ashley Pope 2019-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting July 11, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 11, 2019
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
President Jeff gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Gray introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
 
President Jeff thanked Cal Magro for greeting & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced out opportunity drawing was $50 cash generously donated by Margarida Eidson.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • July 25th Program Mayor Matt Levere
  • August – Exchange student from Japan arrives
    • Still need host family for last three months of stay.
  • October 12th – District Assembly – Santa Ynez
Bruce McGee spoke about the District Assembly and who some of the speakers will be.
 
Avenues of Service:
  • Amber Stevens thanked everyone who came out for the Push-em Pull-em parade. We had a great turnout from the club and the public!
  • Sharon Daly will be in Ethiopia in August. She would like to take some supplies back with her. We will have a list of items needed if anyone would like to donate.
  • Margarida = Aug. 1 Blood Drive.
  • Joe Strohman will be cutting checks for scholarships next week. 
 
Happy $’s: Todd Juvonen, Bill Hicks, Ashley Pope, Harriet Clune, Kathy McGee, Jeff Hata, Judy Hoag, John Borneman
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Adonis Campillo!
 
Thought for the week…
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”
  • John Wayne
Meeting July 11, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-07-11 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 27, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 27, 2019
Bill Gray led us in the Flag Salute,
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Jeff Hata.
 
President Jeff introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of the club was Carin Kally.
 
President Jeff thanked Ken Kagan for greeting & Judy Hoag for taking attendance.
 
Todd Juvonen donated our Opportunity drawing prize today.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • June 29 – D.G. Sandi’s Stepdown
  • July 4 – Push-em Pull-em Parade
    • Assist with getting the sidewalks cleaned up after the parade.
  • Board please meet after the meeting (Carin Kally)
Avenues of Service:
Tim Hughes passed around some thank you cards we received from our recent scholarship recipients.
 
Happy $’s: Vance Thompson, Sam Marsh and John Borneman
 
President Jeff presented Joe Strohman with a Rotarian of the Year award for all the work Joe does behind the scenes.
                 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes!
 
Thought for the week…
Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.
Walt Whitman
Meeting June 27, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 13, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 13, 2019
Cal Magro led us in our Flag Salute.
 
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Todd Juvonen introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
 
President Jeff thanked our greeter Vance Thompson & Laura Shannon for taking attendance.
We had two opportunity drawing prizes today. Megan Hahn brought a $50 Made West gift card and President Jeff  donated a bottle of 2014 Beloved which President Jeff made.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Anniversaries
    • Roy & Jess Valdez
    • Tim & Peggy Hughes
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 6/21 – StepDown
    • 6/28 – Jeff hata
  • June 18 – Sip & See
  • June 20 – D5240 Dodger Social
  • June 21 – Step Down
  • June 29 – D.G. Sandi’s Stepdown
  • July 4 – Push-em Pull-em Parade
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and Judy Hoag won the Made West gift card and Jeff Burgh won the Beloved.
 
Thought for the week…
Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill
Meeting June 13, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-06-13 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 6, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 06, 2019
We were led in the Flag Salute today by Wendy Pazen.
 
Inspirational Message was given by John Borneman.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians by Jeff Hata.
Guest of the Club was Adonis Campillo and visiting us today was Carin Kalby.
 
President Jeff thanked Cal Magro for greeting & Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our opportunity drawing was a $25 gift card to Paradise Pantry donated by Laura Shannon.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Birthdays
    • Todd Juvonen
    • Alison Thompson
    • Bruce McGee
    • Sam Marsh
    • Rich Stewart
  • President Jeff presented Tim Hughes with the Rotarian of the month for May. Tim and his team did a great job with our scholarship program this year.
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 6/13 – Craft Talk
    • 6/21 – StepDown
    • 6/28 – Jeff hata
  • June 10 – Last Board Meeting
  • June 18 – Sip & See
  • June 20 – D5240 Dodger Social
  • June 21 – Step Down
  • June 29 – D.G. Sandi’s Stepdown
  • July 4 - Push-em Pull-em
President Jeff inducted our new member Mary Jarvis! Mary works for Kaiser Permanente. Please introduce yourselves to Mary and help her feel welcomed to the club!
 
Rich Stewart, Harriet Clune and Jim Word recounted the fantastic weekend they had at Bill and Lynn Spellman's wedding in Yosemite. It sounds like the weather gods cooperated and that the weather was beautiful for the ceremony.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about programs for next year. If you know of someone who has an interesting story to tell, let Kathy McGee know. Programs are all of our responsibility.
 
Happy $’s: Joe Strohman, Bill Hicks & Margarida Eidson
 
Thought for the week…
If you want something you've never had, you'll have to do something you've never done.
Dave Ramsey
Meeting June 6, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 30, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on May 30, 2019
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Harriet Clune gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Judy Hoag Introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Bruce McGee introduced our District Governor Sandi Schwartz.
 
President Jeff thanked Ken Kagan for greeting and taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our opportunity drawing was a $75 gift card to the Cheesecake Factory graciously donated by Ken Kagan.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 6/6 – Eric Schalla – Shelterbox
    • 6/13 – Craft Talk
    • 6/21 – StepDown
    • 6/28 – Jeff hata
  • May 30 -Social at the Ultimate Escape Rooms and at Margarita Villa immediately after.
  • June 20 – D5240 Dodger Social
  • June 21 – Step Down
  • June 29 – D.G. Sandi’s Stepdown
 
Joe Strohman and Kathy McGee introduced our club's High School 4 Way Test Essay contest winner Fatima Waqar. Kathy presented Fatima with the First Place trophy and a check for $250.00. District Governor Sandi Schwartz then presented Fatima with the First Place Award from the District and a check for $300.00! Congratulations Fatima.
 
Tim Hughes and the scholarship committee (Ken Kagan, Kathy McGee, Bruce McGee & Amber Stevens) presented scholarships totaling $60,000 to our very deserving scholarship recipients.
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Daniel Perez, one of our scholarship recipients!
 
Thought for the week…
The American Soldier does not fight because he hates who is in front of him, he fights because he loves who is behind him.
Meeting May 30, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-05-30 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 9, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on May 09, 2019
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Bruce McGee.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Joe Strohman.
Guests of Margarida Eidson were Dave & Mary Jackson, Guest of Sharon Daly was Lucille Miller and guests of the club were Adonis Campillo and Hyla Borrell.
 
I want to thank the greeter Margarida Eidson & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize was a cheese board and a $50 gift certificate to Paradise Pantry.
 
 
Presidents announcements:
 
Thank you to Bruce and Kathy McGee for setting up a very nice dedication of Rotary Plaza and thank you to Adonis Campillo for directing traffic!
 
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 5/16 – New Member Interview – Cal Magro
    • 5/21 – Sip & See: Blend your own curry class
    • 5/23 – Dark
    • 5/30 – Scholarships
  • Hyla Borrell was introduced to the club. Hyla will be out going on a Youth Exchange to Japan next year.  Our incoming Exchange Student will be Sora Inayama, from Yachiyo, Chiba, Japan.
  • Board Meeting on Monday will be canceled due to scholarship interviews.
  • June 20 – D5240 Dodger Social
  • June 21 – Step Down
Avenues of Service:
Tim Hughes asked for volunteers to be greeters for the Scholarship Interviews next week.
President Jeff passed around the clip board to sign up for the social on May 30th at the Ultimate Escape Rooms.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Gray & John Borneman
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Kris Hansen.
 
Thought for the week…
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Walt Disney
Meeting May 9, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 2, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on May 02, 2019
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Alison Thompson gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Jeff Introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly, guest of Bill Spellman was Lynn VanEmmerick and guest of Bill Crookston was Miles Pritchard.
 
President Jeff thanked Tom Swan for  greeting  & Vance Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthday 
    • Tom Swan
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 5/9 – John Nichols – 1928 St Francis Dam Disaster
  • We still need one more host family for our incoming exchange student next year. Please check with friends and family.
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
  • May 30 - The Ultimate Escape Room Social
  • June 20 – D5240 Dodger Social
  • June 21 – Step Down
Avenues of Service:
Joe Strohman invited everyone to come listen to Jazz in the Plaza at his office.
 
Joe Strohman also let us know that Rotaract is doing a Paint and Sip at Red Brick on May 8th.
 
Rich Stewart said that Rotaract "Flocked" his house with Pink Flamingos. Rotaract is doing this as a fundraiser. You need to pay $45 to get the flock to move on.
 
Happy $'s: Margarida Eidson, Bruce McGee and Midge Stork.
 
Thought for the week…
Life ends when you stop dreaming, hope ends when you stop believing and love ends when you stop caring. So dream hope and love…Makes Life Beautiful!
Meeting May 2, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting April 25, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 25, 2019
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
 
John Borneman gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Joe Strohman introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of the club was Adonis Campanillo. Guest of Jim Word was Alberta, guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra, guest of Joe Strohman was Barbara and Sandy, guest of Tom Swan was Theresa, guest of Margarida Eidson was Melissa and Mary and guest of Christina Ahn was Margo.
 
President Jeff thanked Tim Hughes for greeting & Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize was a bottle of Labyrinth Sauvignon Blanc and a bottle of Four Brix Syrah graciously donated by President Jeff.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the Month
    • Kathy McGee
  • President Jeff presented Cal Magro with his Blue Badge
Presidents announcements:
  • Dodger tickets for the District Social are now on sale. President Jeff emailed out the link. If you would like to buy tickets and didn't get the link please message President Jeff and he will send you the link.
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 5/2 – Dan Holmes
    • 5/9 – John Nicols -  1928 St Francis Dam Disaster
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
Avenues of Service:
Ashley Pope passed around a sign up sheet for our social on May 30th at the Ultimate Escape Rooms in the Ventura Harbor.
 
Bruce McGee announced that the Walk for Kids and 920 walkers and raised $80,000 for the VCMC Family Rooms.
 
Rich Stewart let us know that a group of Buena High School students did their job shadow at VCMC this morning and that everything went very good.
 
Rich also let us know that there are 4 Interact meeting left for this year.
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Cal Magro.
 
​​​​​​​Thought for the week…
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
 
Albert Einstein
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Meeting April 18, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 18, 2019
Roy Valdez led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Todd Juvonen gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Harriet Clune
We did not have any guests or visiting Rotarians other then our Students of the Quarter and their families.
 
President Jeff the greeter Vance Thompson & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Presidents announcements:
Dave Stork's Celebration of Life will be at the First United Methodist Church on Santa Clara. Midge has asked that all Rotarians who are coming to please wear their Rotary shirts.
 
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 4/25 – Shawn O’Hara
    • 5/2 – Dan Holmes
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
Joe Strohman presented the Student of the Quarter awards.
 
Kyle Diller with his mom and sponsor Bill Spellman
 
Aisha Alvarez with her parents and sponsor Harriet Clune
 
Avenues of Service:
Tim Hughes passed out the scholarship applications to the committee to begin reviewing. The interview schedule will be announced soon.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about the Mother's Day Brunch on May 12th at the Poinsettia Pavilion.
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Husam Hishmeh & Bruce McGee
 
Thought for the week…
You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky
Meeting April 18, 2018 Jeff Hata 2019-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting April 11, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 11, 2019
Jim Word led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Ashley Pope.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Todd Juvonen
We did not have any guests or visiting Rotarians today.
 
I want to thank the greeter Rich Stewart & Roy Valdez for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift certificate to SpiceTopia donated by Ashley Pope.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • President Jeff presented Megan Hahn with her blue badge.
  • Bruce McGee presented Paul Harris Fellows to Laura Shannon & Jeff Burgh.
Presidents announcements:
Melody Namikas spoke to the club about Dave Stork's passing.
 
President Jeff let the club know that Bob Noville has been under the weather.
 
President Jeff asked the club for permission to have flowers delivered to Dave Stork's Memorial. Permission was granted.
 
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 4/18 – Craft Talk
    • 4/25 – Shawn O’Hara
 
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
 
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
Joe Strohman introduced our 4Way Test Essay Contest winners and each of them ready their essays.
3rd Place - Tyler Hoff, 2nd Place - Ava Gutierrez, 1st Place - Amina Waqar
 
Avenues of Service:
P.E. Jeff Burgh spoke about the Rotary Cruise scheduled for August 1st - 4th which is also Harriet Clune's Birthday weekend.
 
Rich Stewart announced that there was a small group going up to Ojai to see Bill Spellman perform. If anyone else would like to go, please let Rich know.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the great turnout for the Walk For Kids. Plans are already underway for next year!
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the Sip & See on Tuesday and the Bob Pazen Memorial Membership Scholarship. 
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Melody Namikas!
 
Thought for the week…
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
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Meeting April 4, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 04, 2019
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute
 
President Jeff gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Megan Hahn introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of the club was Adonis Campillo. Guest of Sharon Daly was Lucille Miller.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Noon was Laura Segura.
 
President Jeff thanked Kris Hansen for greeting & Tom Swan for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Cafe Ficelle!
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthday
    • Midge Stork
    • Sharon Daly
    • Tim Hughes
    • Kathy McGee
    • Amber Stevens
    • Tom Swan
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 4/11 – Direct Relief – Dean Axelrod
    •  
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
  • Autism Awareness Patch
  • Step Down dinner is June 21st at Strey Cellars.
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
 
Rich Stewart passed around a clip board for sign ups to attend the Interact meetings for the rest of April.
 
Olivia Strohman invited everyone to come to a Paint & Sip at Red Brick Gallery on May 8th at 6:30. The cost is $40 and proceeds will go towards Rotaract's Mexico Build this fall.
 
Harriet Clune spoke about a 2 for 1 offer from the Rubicon Theater. For more information, contact Harriet.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that the 4 Way Test Essay Contest winners from Balboa will be at the club on April 11th and Buena will be April 18th. Administrative Assistants day will be on April 25th.
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Tom Swan, Bill Spellman & Midge Stork.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our winner was our guest Lucille Miller!!!
 
Thought for the week…
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
Charles R. Swindoll
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Meeting March 28, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 28, 2019
Today our meeting was offsite at CAPS Media!
 
President Jeff led is in the Flag Salute and gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Jeff Hata
Guest of the club was Adonis Campanillo.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the month: Amber Stevens
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 4/4 – Rancho Ventura – Bonnie Atmore
    • 4/11 – Direct Relief – Dean Axelrod
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
  • Autism Awareness Patch
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
Ashley – Jigsaw Puzzles
Jeff Burgh – District Assembly
Husam Hishmeh - Michael Reagan City Impact Golf Tournament on April 29th.
 
Thought for the week…
Remember that failure is an event, not a person
Zig Ziglar
Meeting March 28, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-03-28 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting March 21, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 21, 2019
President Jeff led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Husam Hishmeh.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Jeff Hata.
Guest of Roy Valdez was Adonis Campillo. Guest of Sharon Daly was Lucille Miller.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Noon was Laura Segura.
Visiting from the Rubicon Theater was Kary Lynn Burns and Bev & Kirby Ward.
 
I want to thank the greeter Amber Stevens & Megan Hahn for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Margarida Eidson.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Anniversaries
    • Tom & Georganna Swan
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 3/28 – Offsite CAPS TV
    • 4/4 – Rancho Ventura – Bonnie Atmore
    • 4/11 – Direct Relief – Dean Axelrod
 
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
  • Autism Awareness Patch
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
 
Ashley – Jigsaw Puzzles
 
Jeff Burgh – District Assembly
 
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh & John Borneman
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was one of our job shadow participants.
 
Thought for the week…
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill
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Meeting March 14, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 14, 2019
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Harriet Clune.
 
Joe Strohman Introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Tablisi, Georgia, USSR was Sid White.
 
Sid took a few minutes and told us about his Rotary Club and what they do. Sid and President Jeff Exchanged Club Banners.
 
I want to thank the greeter Christina Ahn & Judy Hoag for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card donated by Todd Juvonen.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthdays
    • Laura Shannon
    • Bill Crookston
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 3/21 – Job Shadow
    • 3/28 – Offsite CAPS TV
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
  • March 23 Interact will be doing a beach clean up at the end of California St.
  • March 17th is our Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update - We will be cooking a pancake breakfast for participants at the walk.
 
Ashley – Jigsaw Puzzles
 
Jeff Burgh – District Assembly
 
Joe Strohman - 4 Way Test Essays are being judged. We will have the winners announced soon.
 
Judy Hoag let us know that Carol Marquez is home and doing well!
 
Midge Stork let us know that Dave is coming home today!!!
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Roy Valdez and Husam Hishmeh.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the winner was Kris Hansen.
 
Thought for the week…
If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.
 
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Meeting February 28, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 28, 2019
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Jeff gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bruce McGee introduced  guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guests of the club were Cal Magrot and Megan Hahn.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Amber Stevens for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Laura Shannon!
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Meeting March 7th is being moved to March 6th Dinner.
    • Joint Meeting with Rotaract
    • Speaker Sylvia Whitlock
    • Need to sign up
  • We are doing  the Forty Days - Forty Items challenge. For the Forty days of Lent, starting on March 6th, we challenge everyone in the club to remove one item from your closet that you no longer need or wear and put it in a trash bag. At the end of the forty days, either donate the items to a non-profit of your choice or bring your bag to Rotary and we will donate the items to a place that can share them with someone who can really use them. Are you in???
 
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 3/6 – Sylvia Whitlock
    • 3/14 – Cal Magrot
    • 3/21 – Job Shadow
    • 3/28 – Offsite CAPS TV
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update.
Ashley – Jigsaw Puzzles
Jeff Burgh – District Assembly
Joe Strohman announced that we had the essays for the 4 Way Test Essay contest and his esteemed group of judges are evaluating the essays.
Kathy McGee passed around a card for everyone to sign for Carol Marquez. 
 
Happy $’s: Ashley Pope & Kris Hansen
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Judy Hoag!
 
Thought for the week…
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
– Winston Churchill
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Meeting February 21, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 21, 2019
Tom Swan led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Vance Thompson
 
Visiting Rotarians were Jon Cherry from the Rotary Club of Bellevue Breakfast and Melody Thurman, President, the Rotary Club of Ventura-South.
Guests of the club were Cal Magro and Megan Hahn.
 
Melody Thurman announced the Rotary Club of Ventura-South's annual Mardi Gras Party.
 
President Jeff thanked Harriet Clune for greeting & Bill Spellman for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that the raffle prize was 2 delicious bottles of wine donated by Jeff Hata.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the Month: Margarida Eidson
Presidents announcements:
  • Meeting March 7th is being moved to March 6th Dinner.
    • Joint Meeting with Rotaract
    • Speaker Sylvia Whitlock
    • Need to sign up
 
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 2/28 – Family Law Court - Commissioner Redmond
    • 3/6 – Sylvia Whitlock
 
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
Ashley Pope – Jigsaw Puzzle Competition.
Bill Spellman - We need drivers for job shadow. There will be forms from the school available at our next meeting.
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Bill Spellman and Jeff Hata
 
Raffle winner was Christina Ahn!
 
Thought for the week…
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
— Oprah Winfrey
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Meeting February 14, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 14, 2019
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Burgh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Judy Hoag.
Guest of Tom Swan was Georgeanna Hawley, guest of our speaker was Andrea McGreevy and guests of the club were Cal Magro and Megan Hahn.
 
I want to thank the greeter Sharon Daly & Bill Spellman for taking attendance.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthdays
    • Ashley Pope!
Presidents announcements:
  • Meeting March 7th is being moved to March 6th Dinner.
    • Joint Meeting with Rotaract
    • Speaker Sylvia Whitlock
    • Need to sign up
  • Sip & See this Tuesday – Spice Vision Boards. Who will be coming?
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 2/21 – Craft Talk – Megan Hahn
    • 2/28 – Family Law Court - Commissioner Redmond
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update.
 
Bill Spellman – RYLA – Job Shadow
 
Sharon Daly gave a Mossy Foot update and spoke about their upcoming fundraiser.
 
Kathy McGee announced the ribbon cutting for Rotary Plaza will be May 4th prior to Downtown's 100th Year Celebration.
 
Rich Stewart lined up members to speak at upcoming Interact meetings.
 
Thought for the week…
Life is all about a card game. Choosing the right cards is not in our hand. But playing well with the cards in hand, determines our Success!
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Meeting February 7, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 07, 2019
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Jeff gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Visiting Rotarian was Cal Magro from the Rotary Club of Monrovia and guest of Husam Hishmeh was Megan Hahn.
 
President Jeff thanked the greeter Ken Kagan & Ken Kagan for taking attendance.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthdays
    • John Borneman
    • Amber Landis-Stover
    • Tom Hashbarger
 
  • We recognized three members for Paul Harris Fellows:
    • Tom Swan +5
    • Wendy Pazen +8
    • Steve Harbison received his first Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Thank everyone who came out to the Social @ Cask Alehouse January 28th
  • District Social June 20th Dodgers vs the Giants
  • Board Meeting 11th
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 2/14 – Jeff McGreevy – Trident Shield
    • 2/21 – Craft Talk – Laura Shannon
Harriet Clune has rescheduled her birthday cruise to a 3 day from Los Angeles to Ensenada. The dates are August 1 - 4th. If you are interested in going, please contact Harriet.
 
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
 
Tim Hughes announced that scholarship applications are out and that we are offering scholarships to all high schools in the Ventura Unified School District. We have $60,000 in scholarship funds to award this year!
 
Happy $’s: Kris Hansen & Tim Hughes.
 
Thought for the week…
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. 
― George Addair
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Meeting January 24, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 24, 2019
Roy Valdez led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Joe Strohman.
 
President Jeff Introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Visiting Rotarian was Jon Cherry. Guests of Ashley Pope was Brian Balke and Mary Jarvis.
 
President Jeff thanked the greeter Kathy McGee & Bill Spellman for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash generously donated by Husam Hishmeh.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the Month – Ashley Pope
Presidents announcements:
  • District Mid-Terms January 26. President Jeff and P.E. Jeff Burgh will be attending.
  • Social @ Cask Alehouse January 28th
  • Dark January 31
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Margarida Eidson, Husam Hishmeh and Roy Valdez.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Crookston.
 
Thought for the week…
“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” 
― Stephen King
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Meeting January 17, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 17, 2019
Husam Hismeh led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by President Jeff.
 
Bill Spellman introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Megan Hann and guest of Ashley Pope was Brian Balke. Also visiting today from Buena High School were Natalie Debbas and Scott Maninieri.
 
I want to thank the greeter Laura Shannon & Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
Margarida announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Husam Hishmeh.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Anniversaries
    • Bill & Kathleen Crookston
Presidents announcements:
  • District Mid-Terms Jan. 12 or 26.
  • Sip & See January 22nd 6:30 – 8:00 @ SpiceTopia
  • Dark January 31
Avenues of Service:
Margarida Eidson thanked everyone who participated in the Military Families program at Christmas. We adopted 4 families this year.
 
Tim Hughes announced that scholarship applications were now available.
 
Rich Stewart spoke about the Buena Interact club. Interact would like for members to come to the meetings and speak about their careers. Rich will pass around a sign-up sheet.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about a puzzle building competition as a fundraiser. More info to come!
 
Amber Stevens gave an update on the Ronald McDonald Family Room.
 
Joe Strohman awarded our Students of the Quarter.
 
 
Jordan Sandoval was presented a Student of the Quarter Award. Jordan's sponsor was Husam Hishmeh.
 
 
Jordan Callahan was presented a Student of the Quarter. Jordan's sponsor was Bill Hicks.
 
 
Jewel Ferras was presented a Student of the Quarter. Jewel's sponsor was Margarida Eidson.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Hicks, Joe Strohman, Wendy Pazen, Tom Swan, John Borneman, Husam Hishmeh, Harriet Clune and Laura Shannon
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Ken Kagan!!!
 
Thought for the week…
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.
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Meeting January 10, 2019

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 10, 2019
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Sharon Daly.
 
Joe Strohman introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Kris Hansen was Coral Hansen and guest of Alison Thompson was John Cherry.
 
I want to thank the greeter Jeff Burgh & Amber Stevens for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Harriet Clune.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthdays
    • Vance Thompson
    • Michelle Cekov
  • Bill Spellman was congratulated for his engagement to Lynn Van Emmerick!!!
Presidents announcements:
  • District Mid-Terms Jan. 12 or 26.
  • Sip & See January 15th 6:30 – 8:00 @ SpiceTopia
  • Dark January 31 – Social 6:00 – 8:00 @ Mimi’s. Wine glass Painting
Avenues of Service:
Joe Strohman conducted the election for 2 at large directors for the RCVE Foundation. Nominated and accepted were Kris Hansen & Tim Hughes.
 
Amber Stevens spoke about the Ronald McDonald walk coming up on April 7th. Sponsorship packets were given to the club.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the upcoming Sip & See.
 
Happy $’s:Bruce McGee, Bill Spellman, John Borneman, Kris Hansen, Sharon Daly, Midge Stork and Alison Thompson.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was John Cherry. John donated his winnings to our speaker Tim Blackwell and the Suicide Prevention Hotline.
 
Thought for the week…
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Mark Twain
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Meeting December 20, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 20, 2018
Our Flag Salute was delievered by Margarida Eidson.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians by Vance Thompson.
Guest of Sharon Daly was Sheri Camm.
 
I want to thank the greeter Bruce McGee & Tom Hashbarger for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced our raffle prize was a 20th Anniversary bottle of Justin Isosceles Reserve donated by Laura Shannon.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the Month Rich Stewart
Presidents announcements:
  • December 27th Rotary Rose Parade Float Decorating
  • District Mid-Terms Jan. 12 or 26.
  • Annual Meeting Jan 10
  • Student interested in Youth Exchange. Need three families to volunteer to host.
President Jeff presented Christina Ahn with her Blue Badge.
 
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
Bill Spellman asked for volunteers to secure locations for Job Shadow.
Kathy McGee passed around "Miss You" cards for Carol Marquez-Olson & Jim Emch.
 
Happy $’s: Laura Shannon, Tim Hughes, Bruce McGee, Bill Spellman
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was President Jeff!!!!!!
 
Thought for the week…
 
The best Christmas gift is to realize how much you already have.
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December 13, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 13, 2018
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Amber Stevens.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Harriet Clune.
Guest of Tom Swan was Georgeanna Hawley.
 
I want to thank the greeter Bob Noville & Vance Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Alison Thompson.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Anniversarys:
    • Bill Crookston
    • The McGees!
Presidents announcements:
  • December 18th Rotaract Children’s Christmas Party at the City Center.
  • December 27th Rotary Rose Parade Float Decorating.
  • Someone left a women's pair of sun glasses at Wendy Pazen's after the Christmas Party. If you are missing a pair, contact Wendy.
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens announced that the Ronald McDonald Family Room walk will be on April 7th. More details to come.
 
Rich Stewart reminded everyone on the Salvation Army Bell Ringing schedule.
 
President Jeff announced our Annual Meeting. We will vote on new board members on January 10th.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Hicks, Rich Stewart, Christina Ahn and Alison Thompson.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville!
 
Thought for the week…
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
Zig Ziglar
December 13, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

RCVE Foundation Board Nominations

Anyone in the club wishing to have their name submitted as a nominee for the 2 open board of director positions (2019-2022) for the Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation, Inc. should contact Joe Strohman.
RCVE Foundation Board Nominations Joe Strohman Jr. 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting December 6, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 06, 2018
Interact President Carly Hansen opened our meeting today!
 
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Kathy McGee delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
Bruce McGee introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Visiting today was Elaina Conroy and Jim Jordan.
 
I want to thank the greeter Roy Valdez & Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Michelle Cekov!
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthdays:
    • Greg Jones
    • Roy Valdez
    • Steve Harbison
    • Dick Gallagher
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 – 7
  • December 18th Rotaract Children’s Christmas Party at the City Center.
  • December 12th Sip & See Cookie Exchange @ Labyrinth Winery
  • December 27th Rotary Rose Parade Float Decorating
Avenues of Service:
 
Rich Stewart said that we needed the 4-6 slot filled for Salvation Army Bell Ringing. Kris Hansen will take that slot.
 
Margarida Eidson showed the wrapped presents that we will be donating to the military families we will be sponsoring this holiday season.
 
Judy Hoag announced that we will net over $9,000 from Poinsettia sales this year.
 
Harriet Clune thanked Vance Thompson, Tim Hughes and Rich Stewart for calling past poinsettia buyers and getting more orders at the deadline.
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Husam Hishmeh, Wendy Pazen, Bill Hicks and Bruce McGee.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was Tim Hughes who promptly donated the $50 back to our club Foundation!
 
Thought for the week…
In crucial things, “UNITY”. In important things, “DIVERSITY”. In all things, “GENEROSITY”.
George H.W. Bush
Meeting December 6, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting November 29, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 29, 2018
Joe Stohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Jeff Hata.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Tom Swan
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Monrovia was Cal Magro.
 
President Jeff thanked our greeter Michelle Cekov & Judy Hoag for taking attendance.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the Month – Judy Hoag
Presidents announcements:
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 – 7
  • December 11th Rotaract Children’s Christmas Party at the City Center.
  • December 27th Rotary Rose Parade Decoration.
Bruce McGee thanked everyone who volunteered to help at the beer & wine garden for the Thomas Fire Remembrance at Libby Bowl on Saturday.
 
Bill Spellman reminded us that we need to solidify our RYLA attendees.
 
Thought for the week…
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Meeting November 29, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting November 15, 2018

Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Inspirational Message was given by Jeff Hata.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians by Todd Juvonen.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Monrovia was Cal Magro.
 
I want to thank the greeter Bob Noville & Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize today was a $50 gift card to the Yardhouse generously donated by Margarida Eidson!
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Dave Stork is coming home tomorrow!
  • Owner of Borderline is Brian Hynes and he is a Rotarian in the Westlake Village club. Card being passed.
Presidents announcements:
  • Nov. 17th 4:00 Rotary Plaza Sneak Peek.
  • Nov. 20th 6:30 @ SpiceTopia – Sip & See #5
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 – 7
  • Tortuga project has been canceled. Opportunity for a Global Grant project.
  • We have received resignation letters from Jordan Eller and Melody Namikas.
Avenues of Service:
Margarida Eidson passed around the sign up sheet to make donations for the Military Families we will be sponsoring for the Holidays.
 
Judy Hoag asked the club to make one last push to sell poinsettias. We are about 200 cases behind last year.
 
Ashley Pope asked for volunteers to man the Wine and Beer concession for the Thomas Fire Concert at Libby Bowl on December 1st.
 
Alison Thompson announced to the club that she is leaving Lindsay and Company to start her own firm!
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Crookston.
 
Thought for the week…
I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.
Lucille Ball
Meeting November 15, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting November 8, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 08, 2018
Past President Rich Stewart ran our meeting today.
 
Tim Hughes led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Past President Rich told the club that Harriet Clune's nephew works at the Borderline Grill and was at work on the night of the shooting. Thankfully he got out of the building safe. Rich asked the club to take a moment of silence for the victims and the survivors of this tragic incident.
 
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Roy Valdez.
Guest of Bill Crookston was Miles Pritchard from the Rotary Club of Santa Monica.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Vance Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Midge Raffle announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift certificate to SpiceTopia.
 
Rotary Recognition:
Happy Anniversary:
          Jeff & Rosandra
          Jim & Alberta Word
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Nov. 12 Board meeting
  • Nov. 17th 4:00 Rotary Plaza Sneak Peek.
  • Nov. 20th 6:30 @ SpiceTopia – Sip & See #5
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 - 7
 
Thought for the week…
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Meeting November 8, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-11-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting November 1, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 01, 2018
We were led in the Flag Salute by Tim Hughes.
 
Roy Valdez gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Dick Gallagher introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Amber Landis-Stover was Jon Stover and guest of Amber Stevens was Kate Bucey and Sherri Maresca.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tim Hughes & Joe Strohman for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize was a $50 Bevmo gift card donated by Todd Juvonen.
 
Rotary Recognition:
 
President Jeff presented Amber Landis-Stover and Roy Valdez with their Blue Badges.
Happy Birthday:
          Margarida Eidson!
  • Rotarian of the Month – Joe Strohman
Amber Stevens and Kate Bucey presented Sherri Maresca with an Employee of the Quarter award. Sherri was recognized for her hard work developing the LiveStrong program at the Ventura Family YMCA.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Trivia Contest November 7th. Joe Strohman, Colin Hoag & Kris Hansen. 6:00 at the Tower Club
  • Nov. 12 Board meeting
  • Nov. 17th 4:00 Rotary Plaza Sneak Peek.
  • Nov. 20th 6:30 @ SpiceTopia – Sip & See #5
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 - 7
Avenues of Service:
Vence Thompson spoke about our upcoming Christmas Party and the Secret Santa Gift Exchange.
 
Joe Strohman spoke about Rotaract's upcoming Mexico Build. 
 
Margarida Eidson passed around a clip board for donations for supporting 3 Military Families for the Holidays.
 
Happy $'s: Bill Hicks & Jeff Hata
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville!!!
 
Life is more meaningful when you are always looking to grow and working toward a goal!!!
Les Brown
Happy $’s:
Midge Raffle Winner is???
Life is more meaningful when you are always looking to grow and working toward a goal.
Les Brown
Inspirational Message – Roy Valdez
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Dick Gallagher
I want to thank the greeter Tim Hughes & Joe Strohman for taking attendance.
Midge Raffle – Todd Juvonen
John Borneman – Song
Rotary Recognition:
Happy Birthday:
          Margarida Eidson!
  • Rotarian of the Month – Joe Strohman
Employee of the quarter – Shari Maresca, Ventura Family YMCA
Presidents announcements:
  • Trivia Contest November 7th. Joe Strohman, Colin Hoag & Kris Hansen. 6:00 at the Tower Club
  • Nov. 12 Board meeting
  • Nov. 17th 4:00 Rotary Plaza Sneak Peek.
  • Nov. 20th 6:30 @ SpiceTopia – Sip & See #5
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 - 7
Avenues of Service:
 
 
 
 
Happy $’s:
Midge Raffle Winner is???
Life is more meaningful when you are always looking to grow and working toward a goal.
Les Brown
Meeting November 1, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting October 25, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 25, 2018
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by President Jeff.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians by Dick Gallagher.
Visiting us today and guest of the club was our Faculty Interact advisor Jessica Castaneda.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tim Hughes & Joe Strohman for taking attendance.
 
Midge Raffle announced that our raffle prize was a bottle of Viogner from Labyrinth Winery and a bottle of Grenache from Strey Vineyards donated by Jeff Hata.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next week’s speaker will be Bill Hicks.
  • Harvest Moon Festival Volunteers
  • Trivia Contest November 6. Our team will be Colin Hoag, Joe Strohman and Kris Hansen.
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 - 7
Avenues of Service:
Kris Hansen let us know that our next Interact meeting will be on October 29th. Kris will have a sign up sheet at our next meeting for club members to volunteer to attend the Interact meetings.
 
Bruce McGee invited everyone to come up to the Ventura Botanical Gardens on November 17th to get a sneak peek at Rotary Plaza from 4:00 - 5:00.
 
Greg Jones asked for sponsors for Student of the Quarter. Our first Student of the Quarter will be in a few weeks.
 
Joe Strohman told us that we will be awarding an Employee of the Quarter award next week.
 
Joe Strohman also said that we working with the Military Collaborative to sponsor 3 Military families for the holidays.
 
Joe Strohman passed around sign-up sheets for members to make donations to Ventura Rotaract for the upcoming Mexico build.
 
Bill Spellman asked for candidates for RYLA. The deadline is coming up.
 
Happy $'s: Sharon Daly and Bill Spellman.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville!
 
Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.
St Jerome
Meeting October 25, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting October 18, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 18, 2018
We were led in the Flag Salute by Jim Word.
 
Ashley Pope delivered the Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Amber Landis-Stover.
Guest of Ashley Pope was Mary Jarvis and guests of Michelle Cekov was Pam Lindsay and Steve Klinger.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Monrovia was Cal Magro.
 
President Jeff thanked Rich Stewart for greeting & Amber Stevens for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift certificate to SpiceTopia generously donated by Ashley Pope.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • PP Harriet Clune – Certificate “Environmental Sustainability” Rotarian Action Group. Tree Planting last year.
Presidents announcements:
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Next week’s speaker will be either Jason Collis or Wendy Gillett. Following week will be Bill Hicks.
  • Harvest Moon Festival Volunteers
Avenues of Service:
 
Jim Word let us know that the Friends of the Library needed help for a book sale at the Hill Street Library.
 
Rich Stewart said that the Rubicon Theater was offering all Ventura-East members tickets to their new show for this evening. 
 
The club agreed to donate all Happy Dollars and raffle money gathered today to Ventura Rotaract's Mexico Build.
 
Bruce McGee thanked the club for their participation in the NAMI Walk. The event was successful and well attended.
 
Bruce also reported that the Rotary Site at the Botanical Gardens is coming along very well and there will be a "Sneak Peek" event on November 17th.
 
Vance Thompson reported that our Christmas Party will be December 8th from 3:00 - 7:00.
 
Happy $'s Ashley Pope and Judy Hoag.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Judy Hoag.
 
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill
 
 
 
Happy $’s:
Midge Raffle Winner is???
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill
Meeting October 18, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting October 11, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 11, 2018
We were offsite this week at the Rubicon Theater.
 
Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians.
Bruce McGee introduced his guest Brad Nimletz.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Happy Anniversary
    • Mike & Julia Martin
    • Tom & Cynthia Hashbarger
Presidents announcements:
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • NAMI Walks
  • Next week’s speaker will be Sarah Junkin Woodward from the Center for Development in Central America.
  • 2 tickets to taste of Ojai on October 21.
Avenues of Service:
 
Rich Stewart asked for volunteers to go to the Interact meetings. Rich said there would be a sign up sheet next week to go and oversee the Interact club.
 
John Borneman reported that Pete Gallagher would like Rotarians to visit him. Pete is at the Tracy Villa at the corner of Loma Vista and Mills. Let the front desk know that you are a Rotarian when you arrive.
 
The Rubicon staff gave a report on how the Rubicon is doing and then gave us a tour of the theater. It was great to be there and see first hand the exciting things going on there!
 
The Minimum you accept is the Maximum you can expect.
Meeting October 11, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-10-11 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting October 4, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 04, 2018
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Inspirational Message was given by Husam Hishmeh.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Bruce McGee  
We did not have any guests of visiting Rotarians today.
 
I want to thank the greeter Wendy Pazen & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize today was a gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond donated by Wendy Pazen.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the month: Happy Birthday
    • Bob Noville
    • Jordan Eller
    • Carolyn Diacos
Presidents announcements:
  • Off-site location for October 11th : Rubicon Theater
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for October will be here at the Pavilion on October 10th. Need to collect succulents
  • 3rd Interact meeting for the school year will be October 8th, 12:36 in Room 31.
  • Keep Kevin Daly in your thoughts and prayers
  • NAMI Walks on October 13th.
  • Next week’s we will be offsite at the Rubicon.
Bruce McGee spoke about our ongoing Poinsettia Sales.
 
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Rich Stewart, Margarida Eidson, John Borneman, Jim Word, Bill Hicks
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Gray!
 
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
Will Rogers
Meeting October 4, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 27, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 27, 2018
Our Flag Salute was led by Tom Swan.
 
Inspirational Message was given by Roy Valdez.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Todd Juvonen.
Guest of Bill Gray was Kim Gray and guest of Bruce McGee was Kat Merrick.
 
Congratulations to Bill and Kim Gray for celebrating their 26th Wedding Anniverary.
 
I want to thank the greeter Amber Stevens & Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork let us know that Dave is recovering slowly in Ojai. It has been rough, but Dave seems to be getting a little better every day.
 
Midge announced that our raffle prize today was a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch BBQ.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the month: Roy Valdez!
Presidents announcements:
  • Off-site location for October 11th : Rubicon Theater
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for October will be here at the Pavilion on October 3rd. Need to collect succulents
  • 2nd Interact meeting for the school year will be October 1st, 12:36 in Room 31.
  • Next week’s speaker will be a video from PETS, Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman in Rotary
Avenues of Service:
Amber – United Way Day of Caring.
             NAMI Walks
 
Midge conducted our raffle and the lucky winner was Bill Crookston!
 
People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Rob Siltanen
Meeting September 27, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 20, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 20, 2018
Our Flag Salute was led by Wendy Pazen.
 
Inspirational Message was given by Tobias Hildebrand.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Jeff Hata.
Visiting Rotarian today was from Ventura Downtown, Bill Kearney.
 
President Jeff thanked the greeter Tom Swan & Tim Hughes for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle today. Our raffle prize was a $50 Visa gift card donated by Harriet Clune.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Off-site location for October 11th : Rubicon Theater
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for October will be here at the Pavilion on October 3rd.
  • 1st Interact meeting for the school year will be Sept. 24th. 12:36 in Room 31.
  • Next week’s speaker will be Dave Creswell, VUSD Superintendent. Any guests???
Avenues of Service:
Community Service: Amber Stevens let us know that there were still some spots open for the United Way Day of Caring. We will be helping FoodShare this year. If you can give some time, please let Amber know.
 
Amber also reminded us about the upcoming NAMI Walk. Please go register for our team online.
 
Christina Ahn told us that her son is in the Junior Golf Tournament and she needs to sell some raffle tickets as a fundraiser. If you would like to purchase tickets they are $5 a ticket and you can get them from Christina.
 
Club Service: Roy Valdez said that we need to get out and keep trying to sell poinsettias. Roy's goal for the year is to sell out of all 600 cases that have been ordered.
 
Bruce McGee said that there is a get well card being passed around for Dave Stork. Also, the next meeting for the Ronald McDonald Room will be on November 9th at 6:00 at VCMC.
 
Happy $’s: Rich Stewart, John Borneman, Wendy Pazen, Tim Hughes, Judy Hoag, Bill Spellman & Harriet Clune.
 
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was Sharon Daly!!!
 
Don’t worry about FAILURE, worry about the change you miss when you don’t even TRY!
Meeting September 20, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
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Meeting September 13, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 13, 2018
We were led in the Flag Salute by Ashely Pope.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Harriet Clune.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Jordan Eller
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Moorpark was Jim Lewis, guest of Jim Lewis was Tracy Hart
 
Jim Lewis let us know how we stand with Polio cases in the world so far this year and invited us to find a donor to be a walker or rider on this years Rotary Rose Parade Float.
 
I want to thank the greeter Laura Shannon-Prange & Tom Swan for taking attendance.
 
Maragida Eidson conducted the raffle this week. Our raffle prize was a hand crafted wooden planter made by Jim Word.
 
John Borneman – Song
 
Rotary Recognition:
Anniversaries:
  • Amber and John Stover
  • Laura and Steven Prange
  • Jeff and Carol Burgh
Presidents announcements:
  • Need an Off-site location for October 11th , will be at the Rubicon.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for September is Sept. 18th at the YMCA. 6:30 – 8:00. Bring fabric.
  • About 70 students signed up for Interact
  • Board has voted to add a new level of membership
    • Family/business membership. 1st person is full pay 2nd is essentially Rule of 85.
  • Chamber mixer at CMH this evening. Tours will be given from 5:00 – 7:00. Say your with the Rotary Club of Ventura-East.
  • Rafael "Rafa" Canton has resigned from the club. The club agreed that we should make Rafa an Honorary Rotarian.
  • Passing around cards for Colin Hoag, recovering from back surgery and Dave Stork, recovering from an illness.
Avenues of Service:
Bruce McGee spoke about the District Conference. Topics will include Human Trafficking, Peace and others.
Bruce also let us know that the Rotary Site at the Ventura Botanical Gardens will be dedicated on November 17th. The hardscape is happening now. This is a very exciting time for the gardens.
 
Roy Valdez made an announcement regarding our Poinsettia Sales. Please go out and sell Poinsettias!
 
Our Happy Dollars today went to the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee: Joe Strohman, Bruce McGee, Jeff Hata, Tom Swan, Jim Lewis and Roy Valdez.
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes!
 
If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough. Mario Andretti
Meeting September 13, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Farewell from Rafael Canton

Posted by Rafael Canton, M.D. on Sep 13, 2018
My Farewell to Rotary.
September 2018
 
Dear Jeff:
 
As you know, for about half a century, the Rotary Club of Ventura-East (after a couple of years in Downtown Ventura) was a high- priority activity in my regular life. In addition, I remember my visits to other countries.
 
Several visits were to the Rotary Club in Tijuana. We used to take them our collection of medication samples and medical supplies. My hope was that our contributions would be sent to a remote area in Baja California. Actually, I did visit such a remote Rotarian Club project in the mountains in Baja California. Several
Rotary Clubs were contributing to that project.
 
I especially remember going with the devoted Eric Nicolet to the early and ambitious project which he administered, in the huge and remote area of what, before the Spaniards arrived, used to be the Totonaca Empire - the Empire that sided with the Spanish Empire to conquer the Aztec Empire. I remember that we first visited a Rotary Club in Mexico City, which was the co-sponsoring Club. A member of that club held a high position in Rotary lnternational activities. A small bus that belonged to our Totonaca project, driven by a Totonaca Project employee, took us to our Totonaca project. It was a long drive.  Most of the time, we were the only vehicle on the road. There was no evidence of electricity. During that night, after everyone went to bed, it got extremely dark. Literally, I could not see my hand in front of my face.
 
Still another special memory is of my wife, Jane, and I going to the Rotary lnternational Convention in Japan, the year I was Club President. The number of persons attending was so large that the Convention was held in a stadium, in two sessions, in a city not far from Tokyo. After the Convention, Jane and I took a tour of several countries in Asia, during which we visited several Rotary clubs.
 
And, of course, I’ve always admired the many ways in which the Rotary Club of Rotary-East has been a positive force in our own community.
 
I've always been especially inspired by the Rotarian goals and achievements in promoting good will and peace, at all levels-locally; internationally and worldwide.
I have been fortunate enough so that my major problems in physical health have been solved. I take no medication for diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, etc. I try to lead a mentally and physically hygienic life. I still work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, full time, at my psychiatric clinic in Camarillo, and drive, by myself, both ways. I still do some active gardening, the other days of the week. However, I have to admit that, to a certain extent, Old Age (I am now 97) has significantly lowered my energy level. Therefore, I have been forced to reduce some of my activities. I no longer subscribe to Newsweek or to the Ventura Star. l have not gone to a movie in several years, etc. Regretfully, I have concluded that I should cancel my membership in the Rotary Club. Since you are the current President (and my long-time friend, and in charge of the Club's "Free Press"), I am hereby officially informing you that I am resigning from the Rotary Club. I am enclosing my check, to pay the bill I received a few days ago.
 
I would like to keep receiving the weekly issue of The Breeze, so as to be able to learn what the members of my Rotarian extended family members are doing.
 
             I am sending you, and all the members of our Club,
             AN AFFECTIONATE "GROUP HUG"!!!
 
Rafael Cantón   (a.k.a. Rafa) 
cantonjr@sbcglobal.net
 
Farewell from Rafael Canton Rafael Canton, M.D. 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting September 6, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 06, 2018
We were led in the Flag Salute Rich Stewart.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Amber Stevens.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians - Jeff Hata
Visiting today was Gines Arnau from Pacific Premier Bank and visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-South was Bob Braitman.
 
Bob Braitman made an announcement to invite us to participate in the Ventura-South Trivia contest on November 7th.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Ken Kagan for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson did our raffle today and announced that the raffle prize was a gift basket from the Rubicon Theater donated by Amber Landis-Stover.
 
John Borneman led us in our song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
Birthdays:
  • Colin Hoag
  • Wendy Pazen
  • Melody O’Leary-Namikas
  • Carol Marquez-Olson
  • Dave Anderson
 
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Thank you to everyone who attended the Ventura Chamber Taste event.
  • Need an Off-site location for October 11th
  • Programs are everybody’s job. If you know someone who is interesting let us know.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for September is Sept. 18th at the YMCA. 6:30 – 8:00. Bring fabric.
  • September 21st  the United Nations Association will be honoring P.D.G. Deepa Willingham with a Peace Prize. There will be a dinner in Goleta, more details to follow.
Avenues of Service:
Bill Spellman spoke about RYLA. It's time to get students registered.
 
Happy $’s: Rich Stewart and Michelle Cekov.
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and the winner of the Rubicon was our guest Jines Arnau and the winner of a driftwood/air plant planter was Margarida Eidson.
Good things come to people who wait, but better things comes to those who go out and get them.
Meeting September 6, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 23, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 23, 2018
Tom Swan led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by John Borneman.
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guests of our speaker were Bonnie Landau, Deborah Morris and Julia Dominguez.
 
President Jeff thanked our greeters Ken Kagan and Christina Ahn & Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to Panera Bread donated by Tom Swan.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See's are intended do be socials for the club. If you don't have an interest in the project, please come out and socialize with us. Let's all get to know each other better. Also, bring your spouse or significant other because we would like to get to know them better too. Also, it's important for our families to learn more about us and learn why Rotary is important to us.
Avenues of Service:
Tom Swan paid an advertising fee and announced a Social Security Workshop that he is holding.
 
Bruce McGee announced that he would be getting his first Social Security payout the end of the month.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the NAMI Walk and asked for support of our NAMI Walks Team.
 
Happy $'s: Alison Thompson, Ashley Pope, Midge Stork, Harriet Clune, Vance Thompson. President Jeff presented our club foundation with $20 donated at the last Sip & See.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes.
 
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." Lou Holtz
Meeting August 23, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

August Sip & See

Posted on Aug 21, 2018
Pictures from this month's Sip & See...
August Sip & See 2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 16, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 16, 2018
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Amber Landis-Stover.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Rich Stewart.
We did not have any visitors or visiting Rotarians.
 
I want to thank the greeters Roy Valdez & Christina Ahn & Michelle Cekov for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our opportunity drawing prize was a $50 gift card to Trader Joe's generously donated by Tom Swan.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
Rotarian of the month: Bob Noville
 
Presidents announcements:
  • August 9th Peace, Love & Understanding Exhibition – Through August 21st. 4 Floor at the Government Center from 8 - 5.
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • RI $96.5 million in grants to end polio. Afghanistan $22.9 mil, Pakistan $21.7 Mil and Nigeria $16.1 mil.
    • Nigeria 2 years without a new case of wild poliovirus.
    • Afghanistan 10 cases this year
    • Pakistan 3 cases this year
    • 12 other African countries have been awarded some of this money to keep polio out.
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th
Avenues of Service:
 
Kris Hansen spoke about Interact at Buena High School. We are getting ready for another school year and will need 2 - 3 advisors to help lead this group.
 
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Harriet Clune, Midge Stork, Joe Strohman, Carol Marquez-Olson.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Alison Thompson.
 
Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help and brave enough to ask for it.
Meeting August 16, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 9, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 09, 2018
Roy Valdez led us in the Flag Salute
 
The Inspirational Message was given by Kris Hansen.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was made by Bill Crookston.
Guest of President Jeff was Mike Stamakinley and THE Rosandra Esquivel and guests of Margarida Eidson were her sons Ryley and Derek.
Guest of Kris Hansen was Buena High School Principal Bobbi Powers and guest of Amber Landis-Stover was Jeffry George.
Visiting Rotarin was Jerry Dannenberg.
 
President Jeff thanked the greeter Roy Valdez & Christina Ahn & Christina Ahn for taking attendance.
 
John Borneman – Song
 
Rotary Recognition:
Birthdays:
  • Harriet Clune
  • Bill Spellman
  • Jeff Burgh
  • Jim Word
  • Bill Hicks
  • Bill Gray
Presidents announcements:
  • Back pack project with Downtown. August 8th 9 – 12 VUSD Headquarters on Stanley.
  • August 9th Peace, Love & Understanding Luncheon 12 – 1
    • Exhibition – Through August 21st. 4 Floor 8 - 5
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Meeting with Group 7 Presidents and talk about Ronald McDonald walk. There is interest.
Judy Hoag announced that Poinsettia orders forms are now available and that Roy Valdez would be helping with sales this year.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Hicks, Amber Landis-Stover, Margarida Eidson, Jeff Hata, Kris Hansen & John Borneman.
 
A bad attitude is like a flat time. You can’t go anywhere until you fix it.
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Meeting August 2, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 02, 2018
Jordan Eller led us in the Flag Salute.
 
The Inspirational Message was given by President Jeff
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Jordan Eller
Visiting today was Ghada Bawab and Alex Stamakinley.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Kathy McGee for taking attendance.
 
Midge announced that our raffle prize today was a gift card to Wood Ranch BBQ donated by Bill Spellman.
 
John Borneman led us in our song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
Rotary Anniversaries:
Amber Landis Stover, Bob Noville, Bruce McGee, Judy Hoag, Carolyn Diacos, Bill Crookston.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Back pack project with Downtown. August 8th 9 – 12 VUSD Headquarters on Stanley.
  • August 9th Peace, Love & Understanding Luncheon 12 – 1
    • Exhibition – Through August 21st. 4 Floor 8 - 5
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Meeting last week at VCMC Ronald McDonald Room. We will be planning a Ronald McDonald walk in the spring. Will need many volunteers.
  • Thank you to everyone who attended the social at Wendy Pazen's home. The weather was beautiful and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves on a Saturday afternoon.
Avenues of Service:
Judy Hoag - Poinsettia sales are getting ready to start! 
Amber Landis-Stover - there will be a Kids for Kids Fundraiser at the Majestic Ventura Theater on August 11th.
Michelle Cekov - GoCare is starting the 3rd phase of our Global Grant. The political unrest is subsiding and it looks like it is safe to start phase 3.
Bill Spellman - Time to start putting together our RYLA candidates.
 
Happy $’s: Wendy Pazen, Sam Marsh, John Borneman, Kris Hansen & Midge Stork.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville!
 
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandin
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Meeting July 26, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 26, 2018
Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Greg Jones
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Margarida Eidson
Visiting us today was Juan Mendoza and guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
I want to thank the greeter Sharon Daly & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a $50 SpiceTopia Gift Certificate donated by Ashley Pope.
 
Rotary Recognition: Tobias Hildebrand – New job position
Ashley Pope - Mixer at SpiceTopia tonight.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Back pack project with Downtown. August 8th 9 – 12 VUSD Headquarters on Stanley.
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • Wendy Pazen Social July 28th. 4:00 pm - ???
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th. Committee meetings to begin next week. First meeting Thursday August 2nd at 11:00.
 
Avenues of Service:
 
Amber Stevens – Make someone smile week
 
Happy $’s: Christina Ahn, Midge Stork, Laura Sharon Daly, Tom Swan, Greg Jones, Judy Hoag
 
Midge Raffle Winner for lemons & avacados was Kevin Daly and the winner of the SpiceTopia Gift Certificate was Laura Shannon.
 
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. — George Addair
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Meeting July 19, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 19, 2018
Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Bill Spellman.
 
President Jeff introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of President Jeff was the one and only Rosandra Esquivel!
 
President Jeff thanked Harriet Clune for greeting & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Midge  Stork announced that our raffle was a bottle of Labyrinth Sauv Blac and a bottle of Four Brix Mouvedre from President Jeff & Rosandra Esquivel
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
Birthdays Husam Hishmeh, Ken Kagan, Mike Martin and Judy Hoag.
Roy Valdez was recognized for being newly married.
We recognized our catering staff for doing such a great job for us every week!
Rotarian of the Month - Todd
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Social for D.G. Sandi is being postponed until VBG Ground breaking.
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • Wendy Pazen Social July 28th. 4:00 pm - ???
  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the first Sip & See. Was a lot of fun.
Avenues of Service:
 
Amber Stevens – Make someone smile week
 
The club presented District Governor Sandi Schwartz with a gift basket from SpiceTopia and a check to End Polio Now in honor of District Governor Sandi.
Pictured from l-r: A.G. Bruce McGee, People of Action recipient and Rotarian of the Month, Todd Juvonen, People of Action recipient, Amber Stevens, D.G. Sandi Schwartz, President Jeff, Paul Harris Fellow recipient, Bill Gray, Paul Harris Fellow recipient, Jordan Eller and Paul Harris Fellow recipient, Sam Marsh.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Harriet Clune
 
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. Joyce Meyer
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Meeting July 12, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 12, 2018
We were led in the Flag Salute by Bill Crookston.
 
The Inspirational Message was given by Bruce McGee.
 
I want to thank the greeter Ashley Pope.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Jeff Hata.
Visiting from Ventura-South was President Elect, Marilyn Scott and guests of Jeff Hata were Rosandra Esquivel and Steve Devericks.
 
John Borneman – Song
 
Harriet presented some awards to members who could not make it to the Step Down dinner.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next week is D.G. Sandi Schwartz’s official visit
  • Social with all 3 Ventura Clubs next Thursday at the Ventura Yacht Club. 5:30 - ??? This will be a pot luck so bring a side dish, salad or desert.
  • The Ventura Chamber has offered us a "Gold" level sponsorship if we can sell at least 40 tickets to their Taste Event on August 30th. The tickets will be $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price.
Ashley spoke about Sip & See next Tuesday at SpiceTopia.
 
Michelle Cekov & Jeanette, GoCare spoke about our projects in Nicaragua. Jeanette reported that the projects are doing well despite the unrest in the country. They are under a dusk - dawn curfew and it's pretty unnerving to hear the random gunfire throughout the city. The number of youth utilizing our projects is up and it's been determined the reason is our facilities are a safe place to go to get away from the violence that's occurring in the country. That was definitely some good news to hear!
 
Happy $'s: John Borneman, Tom Swan, Sharon Daly, Bill Spellman, Laura Shannon, Todd Juvonen, Bruce McGee, Harriet Clune and Jeff Hata
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Meeting June 21, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 21, 2018
Past President Tom Swan stood in for President Harriet today.
 
Greg Jones led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Amber Stevens gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. We did not have either today.
 
John Borneman led us in song followed by Tim Hughes who gave our joke of the day.
 
Amber Stevens spoke about the Push-em Pull-em parade on the 4th of July. We need about 7 - 8 more people to help block off streets.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that there was an article in the Rotarian on page 12 about Ventura Rotaract and the Mexico build they do every year.
 
Kris Hanesn spoke about membership and let us know that Christine Ahn would be inducted at President Harriet's Step Down dinner.
 
Tom Swan let us know that our meeting was being moved from Thursday to Saturday for the Step Down so please don't come up to the Pavilion for lunch next week.
 
Happy $'s: Laura Shannon and Bill Spellman.
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Meeting June 14, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 14, 2018
President Harriet rang the bell for the last time as President at a club meeting. Thank you for all the hard work you put in last year Harriet!
 
We were led in the Salute to the Flag by Bill Crookston.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card for a massage!!!
 
Bill Spellman wanted to introduce guests and visiting Rotarians, but we didn't have either today!
 
Alison Thompson & Joe Strohman were recognized for celebrating Birthdays.
 
President Harriet told us that the Ojai Wine Festival was a lot of fun and there was a lot of good wine too!
 
Our meeting on June 28th is being moved to June 30th for the Step Down dinner. 
 
Happy$'s: Tom Swan, Tmi Hughes, Bill Gray, Melody O'Leary-Namikas, Rafael Canton, Midge Stork, Kris Hansen, Rich Stewart, John Borneman and Joe Strohman.
 
Amber Stevens talked about the Push-em Pull-em Parade on July 4th. The parade will be starting at 9:30 this year so we should gather around 8:00.
 
Amber also let us know that the YMCA will be trying to set a world record for the Largest Swim Lesson. Amber needed a volunteer to do a headcount. Jeff Hata will be there!
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Melody O'Leary-Namikas!
 
 
Meeting June 14, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 7, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 07, 2018
Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Bill Spellman was Lynn Van Emmerik and guest of the club was Christina Ahn.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Lure generously donated by Carol Marquez-Olson.
 
Colin Hoag delivered our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
President Harriet announced that her LAST board meeting will be on Tuesday at Husam Hishmeh's office. This will be a joint meeting with this year's and next year's boards. All club members are invited to attend. Party to follow the meeting!
 
Margarida Eidson and Michelle Cekov volunteered to review the Revised District By-laws. 
 
President Harriet thanked everyone who worked at the Celebration of Life for Bob Pazen. Wendy Pazen also thanked everyone and gave a special thank you to Bruce McGee, Jordan Eller and Midge Stork for all of their work and help. Wendy also thanked everyone who spoke that day and to Bill Gray for the Driftwood planter!
 
President Harriet reminded everyone that this Sunday is the Ojai Wine Festival.
 
Since we had the scholarships last week, we couldn't properly greet Roy Valdez into the club so President Harriet asked everyone to please meet Roy after the meeting today.
 
Rich Stewart thanked everyone who responded to the Step-Down Dinner invitation. Please make sure you order your meal in the comments section.
 
Our meeting on May 28th is being moved to the Step Down Dinner.
 
Happy $'s: Joe Strohman, Jeff Hata, Husam Hishmeh, Michelle Cekov & Bruce McGee.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and Margarida Eidson won the Driftwood Planter and Jeff Hata won the Lure gift card.
Meeting June 7, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Thank you from Wendy Pazen & Family

Posted by Wendy Pazen on Jun 05, 2018
A Thank you from Wendy Pazen and family...
 
On behalf of the Pazen, Garman and Watson family, I would like to thank the loving Rotary Club of Ventura East for the wonderful, delicious barbecue for Bob Pazen’sCelebration of Life. It was a lot of work and as Clint said, Rotary rocked it!
 
Bob was a member of RCVE for over 35 years as well as being a past president. This amazing club came together and in a tremendous show of support and love for Bob and our family by giving up their Sunday and working so hard to make this day so beautiful.
 
RCVE members Carol Marquez-Olson, Husam Hishmeh, John Borneman, Bill Hicks, Midge Stork and Dr. Bill Spellman shared some wonderful memories of Bob.
 
The Rotary Club of Santa Paula helped with the barbecue and member and friend, Dr. Chris Bartelson, shared heartwarming memories of Bob. The Rotary Club of Ventura South was represented by our friend and Bob’s successor, Dr. Kris Skromme, who also shared some personal and professional memories of Bob.
 
And finally, a HUGE Thank you to Bruce McGee and Jordan Eller for organizing and getting the venue set up! It was a fantastic day with great food and we couldn't have done it without your hard work and support!
 
I know Bob was looking down at this huge outpouring of love from his fellow Rotarians and feeling that his was a Rotary life well lived and loved.
 
Thank you Rotarians! You will stay in our hearts forever.
 
Love,
Wendy and Family
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Meeting May 31, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on May 31, 2018
Bob Noville led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Jeff Hata.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Bill Spellman.
 
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Camarillo was Carrie Lock and visiting from Ventura-Downtown was Rob VanNewburg.
 
Also visiting us today was Past District Governor and past member of our club Sally Adleblue. Guest of the Club was Roy Valdez.
 
President Harriet thanked Margarida Eidson for greeting and Michelle Cekov for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that we had a very special secret raffle prize donated by Rich Stewart and a Driftwood Planter with an Airplant donated by Bill Gray.
 
Our joke of the day was given by Greg Jones.
 
Announcements:
 
John Borneman reported that Pete Gallagher is doing much better and is fighting the nurses off!
 
Bruce McGee asked that everyone who is working the early shift for Bob Pazen's Memorial to please be at the park by 10:00 and if you are working the late shift, please be there by 12:00.
 
Kris Hansen inducted our newest member Roy Valdez!
 
Happy $'s: Harriet Clune, Rich Stewart, Jeff Hata, Husam Hishmeh, Kris Hansen and Midge Stork.
 
Both of our raffle prizes were won by scholarship recipients!
 
Class of 2018 Scholarship Recipients
 
Meeting May 31, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 24, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on May 24, 2018
Alison Thompson led us in our Salute to the Flag.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Ashley Pope.
 
Bill Spellman introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Ashley Pope was Chad Roberts and Guests of the Club were Roy Valdez and Christina Anh.
 
President Harriet thanked Bob Noville for being our greeter and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to SpiceTopia graciously donated by Ashley Pope.
 
Alison Thompson gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman and our song of the day.
 
Rich Stewart told us that planning for the Step Down Dinner on June 30th is well underway. Please keep your eyes out for an invitation coming soon.
 
Ashley Pope said that a FaceBook Event has been created for the Push-em Pull-em parade. Please click that you are attending and share the event.
 
Bruce McGee passed around the sign-up sheet to work at Bob Pazen's Celebration of Life.
 
Midge Stork asked that anyone who has greenery that can be used for table center pieces to please let her know. Midge will be doing the table decorations for Bob Pazen's Celebration of Life.
 
John Borneman let us know that he saw Pete Gallagher at Treacy Villa. If you want to see Pete you will need to call in advance and be cleared by Pete's case worker.
 
President Harriet said that the Rotaract fundraiser went well at Dominos last week and that we will be meeting in the Ventura Room next week for our scholarship program.
 
President Harriet also told us that tickets we purchased for the Ojai Wine Festival were being handed out today.
 
There was a couple of booklets about the history of the YMCA being passed around. Very interesting to look at.
 
Happy $'s: Michelle Cekov, Kris Hansen, Bruce McGee.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Gray!
 
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Meeting May 17, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on May 17, 2018
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Midge Stork.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by President Harriet.
 
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Santa Monica was Mike Pritchard.
 
Guest of Midge Stork was Todd Stork, guest of Jeff Hata was Mary Gray. Guest of the Club was Roy Valdez.
 
President Harriet thanked Tim Hughes for greeting and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Bevmo generously donated by Kris Hansen and a drift wood planter donated by Bill Gray.
 
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the day and John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
Joe Strohman reminded us that the Rotaract Pizza fund raiser will be on May 23rd from 5:30 - 9:30. $10 for all you can eat and a drink. This will be at the Petit store.
 
Bruce McGee passed around a sign up sheet for Bob Pazen's BBQ Memorial. We will need all hands on deck so everyone please take a shift.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about the upcoming board retreat and club social on May 19th.
 
Jordan Eller thanked the Scholarship Committee and everyone who assisted in interviewing potential scholarship recipients.
 
Happy $'s: Steve Harbison, Rich Stewart, Tim Hughes, Bill Spellman, Midge Stork, Roy Valdez and Harriet Clune.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the winner of the Bevmo gift card was Bill Gray!
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Meeting May 3, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on May 03, 2018
Greg Jones led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Amber Landis-Stover.
 
Husam Hishmeh introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Camarillo was President Bob Harrell and visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-Downtown was Norm Blanchard.  
Guest of Joe Strohman was Max Inglehardt, guest of Husam Hishmeh was Christina Ahn, guests of Amber Landis-Stover was Kirby & Beverly Ward.
 
President Harriet thanked Rich Stewart for greeting and Bill Spellman for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork thanked Wendy Pazen for donating the "Mystery" raffle prize.
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our joke of the day.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Judy Hoag let us know that Bill Klope and Pete Gallagher are in the Victorian recuperating.
 
Joe Strohman announced that we will be awarding the prizes for the 4 Way Test Essay Contest next week.
 
Kris Hansen thanked Laura Shannon for donating pet supplies to the Ventura Chamber Ambassadors.
 
Husam Hishmeh said that there will be an "All you can eat" Pizza night again at his store on Petit to support Rotaract's Mexico Build. The date is May 23rd and there is a $10 donation.
 
Jeff Hata reminded the incoming board about the retreat on May 19th and the social following.
 
Tobias Hildebrand spoke about Ventura  High School's presentation of Suessical the Musical.
 
Margarida Eidson told us about a free wood chipping day at Kimball park on Saturday.
 
Jordan Eller asked for volunteers to be escorts at the upcoming Scholarship interview days.
 
 
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Meeting April 26, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 26, 2018
Rich Stewart stood in for President Harriet today. President Harriet was not feeling well today.
 
Bill Gray led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of the club was Roy Valdez, guest of Tom Swan was Eric Jones and guest of Sharon Daly was Wendy Gray.
 
President Harriet thanked Carol Marquez-Olson for greeting and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork told us that the raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Snapper Jacks generously donated by Jeff Burgh.
 
Ken Kagan gave our joke of the day followed by our song of the day by John Borneman.
 
Kris Hansen reminded us that inviting potential new members is important to the health of our club and urged everyone to bring a guest and share what we all are enjoying.
 
Bruce McGee gave a list of members who are eligible to give Paul Harris Fellows. If you want to give a Paul Harris, please let Bruce know so we can award them at the Step Down Dinner.
 
Jeff Hata said that the Board Retreat will be on May 19th from 10:00 - 1:00 followed by a social from 1:00 - 4:00. Also, thank you to Tom Swan for arranging the shredding day. Thanks to Tom's efforts we raised $615 for the club.
 
Michelle Cekov spoke about the social unrest going on in Nicaragua. The President reversed the reforms he instated, but there still has not been any resolution. All of our GoCare people are OK and the learning centers are functioning on modified schedules. There are 500 students at the Polytechnic University that are holed up and refuse to leave until the President resigns.
 
Greg Jones and Natalie Debbas awarded two Buena High School students with Student of the Quarter Awards.
 
r-l Natalie Debbas, John Russell, Jodi Russell, Peyton Russell, Melody O'Leary-Namikas, Greg Jones
 
r-l Greg Jones, Jeff Hata, Evan Moody, Shea Moody
 
Members of the club read letters from our RYLA attendees thanking the club for the opportunity to attend RYLA.
 
Happy $'s: Kris Hansen, Husam Hishmeh, Margarida Eidson, Bill Gray, Midge Stork.
 
Midge Stork said that we raise about $4,000 with the Opportunity Drawing each year. Midge then conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Hicks!
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Meeting April 19, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 19, 2018
Tobias Hildebrand led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Christina Ahn and visiting us today was Roy Valdez.
 
President Harriet thanked Bill Gray for greeting and Amber Stevens for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork told us that our opportunity drawing today was a gift basket which included two tickets to an upcoming performance at the Rubicon donated by Amber Landis-Stover.
 
Steve Harbison gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song.
 
President Harriet asked that Avenues of Service Award sheets be turned in, also, there are oranges in the lobby. Please take them home with you today.
 
Tom Swan spoke about the shredding party at his office tomorrow. $5/box to shred.
 
Amber Stevens invited everyone to come out to Healthy Kids Day at the Y on Saturday from 10:00 - 1:00. We will also be making blankets to give to residents at the City Center.
 
Jeff Hata reminded the incoming board that our 2018-2019 Board Retreat will be on May 19th from 10:00 -1:00 followed by a club social from 1:00 - 4:00.
 
President Harriet passed around a sign up sheet for the Ojai Wine Festival and told us that we would be planting 50 more trees on Saturday.
 
Jordan Eller let us know that we ended up receiving 18 scholarship applications. Our scholarship committee this year will consist of Jordan Eller, Tim Blackwell, Michelle Cekov, Ken Kagan and Tim Hughes. Jordan will need a few club members to be ushers on interview nights.
 
Bill Spellman announced that RYLA started today. We have 5 kids attending this year.
 
Happy $'s: Ashley Pope, John Borneman, Tim Hughes, Husam Hishmeh, Sharon Daly, Ken Kagan, Bill Hicks and Laura Shannon.
 
Husam Hishmeh said that we finally found Pete Gallagnher! Pete is at the Lexington.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was our speaker Jim Lewis.
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Meeting April 12, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 12, 2018
Kathy McGee led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Amber Landis-Stover gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Our joke of the day was delivered by our President Harriet.
 
President Harriet thanked Bill Spellman for greeting and Michelle Cekov for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Marie Callendar's donated by Bob Noville.
 
John Borneman led us in our song.
 
Bruce McGee introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Crhistine, guest of Joe Strohman was our Rotaract President Olivia Strohman, guest of Midge Stork was her daughter Susan and guest of Melody O'leary-Namikas was Kelly McGrath. Guest of the club was Adrienne Stephens from the Ventura Land Trust.
 
Adrienne Stephens reported that the trees we planted last month are doing well and there will be another tree planting day on April 28th.
 
Amber Landis-Stover spoke about Nashville Gal at the Rubicon Theater this weekend.
 
Olivia Strohman reported that Rotaract is doing good. They did a project at the City Center at Easter for the children there. The enjoyed participating in the Tree Project with us. The next big project for Rotaract will be the Mexico build in November.
 
President Harriet asked who would be interested in doing CPR Training. We had 14 people express interest so we will schedule this in the near future.
 
 
President Harriet presented Joe Cahill, Ventura Botanical Gardens, with a check for our part of Rotary Plaza.
Meeting April 12, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting April 5, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 05, 2018
Past President and President Elect, Jeff Hata, led our meeting today. President Harriet was enjoying the sun and warmth of Hawaii this week!
 
The Flag Salute was delivered by Laura Shannon.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Joe Strohman was Joe's daughter, Marie. Visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-South was Peter McClintock.
 
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
Jeff Hata thanked Tom Hashbarger for taking attendance and Kathy McGee for greeting today.
 
Judy Hoag let us know that Bill Klope took a spill and in Community Memorial Hosiptal, room 423.
 
Jeff Hata invited the club to attend the social at Cryoworks. 
 
The 2018-19 Board Retreat will be May 19th from 10:00 - 1:00 with a club social following from 1:00 - 4:00. The location will be 3200 Golf Course Drive in Ventura.
 
D.G. John Weiss' Step Down Luncheon will be on June 16th at the Santa Ynez Marriott. It will be good to have a presence from our club.
 
April 20 - 22 will be a Master PRLS Weekend at the Four Points Sheraton in Bakersfield. The cost for the classes is $250, but the club pays for that. All you will have to pay for is your hotel and meals.
 
President Harriet's Step Down is June 30th at the Saticoy Country Club.
 
July 4th is quickly coming...preparations for the Push-em Pull-em parade will be starting soon.
 
Todd Juvonen let us know that the invoice for our monthly bills have changed and the total balance of your invoice is now on your invoice.
 
Jordan Eller let us know that we have received 1 application for scholarships.
 
Amber Stevens showed a video for A Night to Remember. We have volunteer opportunities. If you are interested, let Amber know.
 
Amber also let us know about Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA on April 21st. We will also be making blankets at the YMCA that day to donate to the City Center.
 
Happy $'s: Bill Hicks and Bill Hicks.
 
Positive quote for the day: The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
Meeting April 5, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting March 29, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 29, 2018
Jeff Hata led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tom Hashbarger delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Amber Stevens was Doug Moe and guest of Vance Thompson was Kevin Brown.
 
President Harriet thanked Kathy McGee for greeting and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Kathy McGee announced that the opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch.
 
Our joke of the day was given by Bruce McGee followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
Amber Landis-Stover spoke about our social media and requested photos be sent to her.
 
President Harriet passed around the sign up sheet for the Ojai Wine Festival and announced that there is more tree planting on the way thanks to a $50,000 grant. Ventura County should get about $40,000 so that will be a lot more trees getting planted!!!
 
President Harriet presented Amber Stevens and Doug Moe and check for $6,000 to fund Operation Splash for another year. Amber and Doug thanked the club for our continuing support of the YMCA and let us know that many homeless children will benefit from our donation.
 
Kathy McGee conducted the opportunity drawing and our lucky winner was Jeff Burgh.
 
Happy $'s: John Borneman, Bruce McGee, Tom Hashbarger and Bill Spellman.
Meeting March 29, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting March 22, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 22, 2018
Midge Stork led us in our Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Bruce McGee.
 
President Harriet thanked Sharon Daly for greeting and Jordan Eller for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our opportunity drawing was a $50 Visa gift card donated by Margarida Eidson.
 
John Borneman gave our joke of the day and then led us in our song of the day.
 
Announcments:
Tom Swan reminded us about the Shredding Day on April 20th from 11:00 - 2:00. This will be at Tom's office and there will be a $5.00 donation per box.
 
Rich Stewart talked about our club Step-Down on June 30th at the Saticoy Country Club.
 
Jeff Hata reminded the incoming board that our Board Retreat will be on May 19th from 10:00 - 1:00 followed by a club social from 1:00 - 4:00.
 
Jeff also told us that our program on April 5th will be Cryoworks and we will have a social that evening from 5:30 - 7:00 at Cryoworks.
 
Amber Landis-Stover spoke about King Lear which is running at the Rubicon Theater.
 
President Harriet told us that so far this year there are only 2 polio cases worldwide!
 
The Ojai Wine Festival is coming June 10th. There is a sign up sheet being passed around for discount tickets to this event.
 
Happy $'s: Margarida Eidson, Bill Spellman, Tom Swan, Jeff Hata, Melody O'Leary-Namikas and Jim Word.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Rich Stewart!
Meeting March 22, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting March 15, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 15, 2018
Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute and also delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
Tom Hashbarger introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guests of Sharon Daly were Kevin Daly and Lee Merritt and guest of the club was Adrienne Stephens from the Ventura Land Trust.
 
President Harriet thanked Michelle Cekov for greeting and Tim Hughes for taking attendance.
 
Steve Harbison presented our joke of the day followed by our song of the day and John Borneman.
 
Avenue of Service Announcements:
Community Service - Amber Stevens thanked everyone who came out for our tree planting day. It was wet, but it was a lot of fun. April 5th after our club meeting will be our next Community Service meeting and April 21st there will be a blanket making project at the YMCA.
 
May 17-18 we will be helping with "A Night to Remember." This is a prom for kids with special needs. More information to follow.
 
Vocational Service - Joe Strohman thanked Sharon Daly and John Borneman for doing Mock Interviews today at Buena High School. The essays have been turned in for the 4 Way Test Essay contest. Over 580 pages of essays to be read and evaluated this year! Sharon Daly has joined our group of judges to evaluate the essays this year.
 
President Harriet presented Sharon Daly and Lee Merritt with a check for $2,296.00 to further support the ongoing projects of Mossy Foot.
 
Rotarian at Work t-shirts are in and available for purchase. $10 per shirt.
 
The Ojai Wine Festival is coming June 10th. Discount tickets are available, please sign the sign up sheet how many tickets you want.
 
Tom Swan announced a document shredding fundraiser on April 20th. The event will be at Tom's office and each box will be a $5 donation to the club!
 
Adrienne Stephens brought photos and spoke about the Tree Planting event last weekend.
Meeting March 15, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

Trees, trees, trees and some rain!!!

Posted by Harriet Clune on Mar 10, 2018
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East and The Rotary Club of Ventura South, as well as Ventura Rotaract and our friends and families were very adventurous on Saturday, March 10.  We planted trees for The Ventura Land Trust after they lost nearly a thousand trees in the Thomas Fire around the Big Rock area and the Ventura River.  Not only did we plant trees, we did it in the rain.  And we carried trees, dug holes, planted and spread mulch.  We planted 135 California Live Oak saplings in less than an hour!  We got wet.  And I personally can’t believe how much fun it was!   Thank you, Rotary International President Ian Riseley, for asking us to do this.  We had over 40 people there, including District 5240 Governor Elect Sandi Schwartz.   We even had two Rotarians from Thousand Oaks who joined us.  Ventura Star Reporter Colleen Cason was there taking rather damp notes.  Even Mother Nature helped by providing a nice rain to help our trees along. 
 
 
 
Trees, trees, trees and some rain!!! Harriet Clune 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting March 8, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 08, 2018
Sharon Daly led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Amber Landis-Stover.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians: Guest of Rich Stewart was Sher Heard. Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Rick Pazen.
 
Rick Pazen told us that he was going to be shooting in a clay pigeon tournament and that he was going to make a donation to the Leukemia Society in memory of his father, Bob Pazen, and invited club members to join him in making a donation.
 
President Harriet read a letter from Bill and Pam Hicks who are making a $200 donation to the RCVE Foundation in memory of Bob Pazen and John Masterson.
 
President Harriet thanked our greeter Jordan Eller and Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
The Opportunity Drawing was a $50 Vica Gift Card and a Journal of Ventura County History.
 
Bill Klope gave our joke of the day and John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
President Harriet let us know that today was International Women's Day and had some trivia questions about Women's Day.
 
Announcments:
Todd placed a hand out on all the tables about changes in Social Security.
 
Jeff Hata passed around the sign up sheet for a cruise in November and spoke about the District Assembly in Oxnard. Also, the Clubs Board Retreat will be on May 19th from 10:00 - 1:00 followed by a club social from 1:00 - 4:00.
 
Joe Strohman asked for volunteers for Mock Interviews. The 4 Way Test essay entries are in and ready to be reviewed. We are in the planning stages for Job Shadow.
 
Joe Strohman also announced that we had found 3 families to give to monies the Foundation had been given.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the quilt give away being conducted by Georganna Hawley's (Swan) Quilt Guild this afternoon.
 
President Harriet asked Melody O'Leary-Namikas to speak about the clean up at the Cross a few weeks ago.
 
Sher Heard spoke about a book she read about peace. Something we should look into as a potential Peace Club.
 
President Harriet spoke about our tree planting project on Saturday. It will happen rain or shine! Information is on your tables and has been emailed.
 
President Harriet thanked Amber Stevens for getting our new "Rotarinan at Work" tshirts made.
 
Ojai Wine Festival is coming in June, discounted tickets are available now.
 
Our speaker next week is a Rotarian from Carpinteria who climbed Mount Kilimanajaro.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner of both the Visa gift card and the book was Sher Heard!
Meeting March 8, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting March 1, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 01, 2018
Bob Noville led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Steve Harbison introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Wendy Pazen was her grand daughter Sierra Garman and guest of Bill Spellman was Sunny Stevens.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize today was a 1 hour massage from Massage Envy donated by Laura Shannon.
 
Dr Rafael Canton delivered our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
President Harriet read a Thank You card from the YMCA for our donation to Operation Ventura. President Harriet also read to letters, one in memory of Bob Pazen from Chris and Barbara Battleson and from Barbara Miester who donated $50 in memory of Bob to our Foundation.
 
President Harriet told us that Amber Stevens was not at our meeting today because Amber is moving into her new house. (Sounds like a fine is coming!!!)
 
Tom Swan let us know that there was an article about people who suffered from the fires and ways that they can take loans or withdrawals from their 401K's interest free.
 
Laura Shannon spoke about the duty roster and how people are not stepping up to help out with our weekly meetings.
 
Jordan Eller announced that scholarship applications are being accepted now and applications can be filled out online for the first time this year.
 
President Harriet spoke about the clean-up day at the Cross that Melody O'Leary-Namikas arranged. Rich Stewart, President Harriet and Bruce McGee all came out to help.
 
President Harriet also let us know that the St Patrick's Day Parade will be on March 17th.
 
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh, Rich Stewart, Bill Spellman and Wendy Pazen.
 
Midge Stork conducted our raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Hicks!
Meeting March 1, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting February 22, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 22, 2018
We were led in the Salute to the Flag by Laura Shannon.
 
Bill Crookston delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
Judy Hoag introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Margarida Eidson was Dawn Rosin and visiting us from Salt Lake City, Utah was former member Tom Shilton.
 
Midge Stork announced that our opportunity drawing prize was a $50 gift card to Urbane Cafe graciously donated by Tom Swan.
 
Vance Thompson gave our joke for the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
President Harriet passed around the sign up sheet for our tree planting day on March 10th.
 
Husam Hishmeh spoke about the City Impact Golf Tournament on April 30th at Spanish Hills.
 
Bill Spellman let us know that all of our RYLA candidates are registered and ready to go.
 
Kris Hansen spoke about membership. All of our club members should look at how we all benefit from Rotary and share with others. 
 
Rich Stewart let us all know that Pete Gallagher is at Treacy Villa and encouraged everyone to go visit Pete when they get a chance.
 
Bill Gray gave a report on our club foundation. The Foundation had a 22.24% return last year and is at about $2.75 million now. The goal is to get to $3 million and have cash in the accounts to be able to fund 3 years worth of scholarships. We will be allocating $50,000 for scholarships this year.
 
We have about $1,300 to donate to fire victims. If you know of someone who needs help, please let Bill Gray know.
 
Jeff Hata let the incoming board members know that March 10th is the District Assembly and if you are new to the board or your Avenue of Service, you are highly encouraged to attend. Also, May 19th will be the incoming Board Retreat. The Retreat will be from 10:00 - 1:00 with a club social immediately following from 1:00 - 4:00.
 
Melody O'Leary-Namikas will be leading a group to do a clean-up at Serra Cross this Saturday. Meet at 10:00 behind City Hall.
 
President Harriet spoke about the monthly survey results and also discussed the list of activities that our club has been involved with so far this year.
 
Happy $'s: Tom Shilton, Jeff Hata, Husam Hishmeh and Bill Spellman.
Meeting February 22, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

Remembering Bob Pazen

Dr. Robert Lawrence Pazen

Dr. Robert Lawrence Pazen passed away suddenly on January 25th, 2018 at CMH surrounded by his family. Bob was born in Los Angeles, CA, March 14th, 1938 to Dr. Arthur & Thelma Pazen. Bob was an only child and grandchild but insisted he wasn't spoiled? just loved! He is survived by his wife of 39+ years, Wendy Watson Pazen, his 3 sons, Rick Pazen of Westlake Village, Clint Garman (wife Gina) of Santa Paula & Travis Garman of Ventura. Bob was an awesome grandfather to his grandchildren; Sierra Garman, Orion Garman, Jonah Garman, Onalyn Garman, and the twins Gianna and Jake Garman. Bob is survived by his brothers in law, Terry Watson and Wayne Watson, nieces Tera Watson Davis, Chelsea Watson, nephew Derek Watson and great nephew Declan Watson. He was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Arthur and Thelma Pazen. 

Bob graduated from Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, in 1956. He graduated from Los Angeles College of Optometry - USC Campus (Marshall B. Ketchum University) in 1962. He served in the Air Force from 1962 - 1968. He was an optometrist for 55 years and spent 52 of those years in Ventura having purchased a practice in the original BuenaVentura Mall. He outgrew that space and moved to 801 S. Victoria Ave. where he enjoyed working every day until 2015 when he sold the practice to Dr. Kristopher Skromme. In 2010, Bob purchased "A" Street Optometry in Oxnard after the death of his dear friend Dr. Bernie Rubin. 

On December 1, 2017 Bob decided to officially retire and spend more time with Wendy and the family. Unfortunately, the Thomas Fire claimed their home on December 5th and forced Bob and Wendy to move to Oxnard and give serious thought about their future. His interview with CBS went national and so many people heard his ammunition being set off by the fires causing a little panic and laughter. The fire encouraged more adventures for Bob and Wendy to experience. 

Bob was a proud member of the Rotary Club of Ventura East having served as President in 2006 - 2007. He received numerous Paul Harris Awards 1986, 1994, 2004 & 2008. He also received the Avenues of Service Citation in 2014. Bob and Wendy became active in GOCARE through Rotary and had a library dedicated to them in Nicaragua. 

Bob was past President of the Tri County Optometric Society and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award in 2015 for 50 years of Optometry. He was twice voted Optometrist of the Year by his peers in 1985 and 1995. He was a member from 1965 to 2015 and was awarded the President's Award in 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985. 

He was voted Reader's Choice for Best Optometrist year after year by the VC Star Readers. 

Bob was the first recipient of the Vision Care Specialist of the Year in 2014 presented at the 21st Annual David Fanier, MD and Leo Tauber, MD awards banquet. 

Bob was a 32nd Degree Mason of Lodge 214 San BuenaVentura. He was due to receive his Golden Veterans award for being a Master Mason for 50 years this March.

He was also charter member of the Ventura Trade Club from 1972 - 1976. He served as a "Buenaventuran" (greeter for the city) at business openings.

He was a 50 yr member of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. He belonged to the American Optometric Foundation, the American Optometric Association, The Tri County Optometric Association, Ventura County Youth Connection, International Footprinter's Association, Drug Abuse Preventive Center (Hacienda House), Aerospace Medical Association, National Eye Research Foundation, Ventura County Medical Reserve Corps and Rolls Royce Owners Club. He was a Lay Member for the Ventura County Bar Association, Consultant to the Ventura Police Department, Consultant to Ventura County District Attorney's office, Consultant to the Ventura County Sheriff's office, Director for the YMCA, Director for the United Way, Director for Al Malaikah Shrine Temple of Los Angeles, Member of Ventura Shrine and an Honorably Discharged officer of the Medical Reserve Unit for the US Air Force

Bob loved his family, his friends, his beautiful 1961 Silver Cloud II Rolls Royce and being with people. He loved being in Palm Springs to rejuvenate. He loved to travel whenever time permitted. A few years back Bob and Wendy purchased an RV and started out "glamping" and meeting some fantastic people. They were hoping to make it to Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon as well as a cross country trip. 

He should be remembered as a great man who loved his wife, his children, his extended family, his friends and everyone he came across. He truly was a man that many considered as their best friend due to the time he invested in people.

We will be doing a Celebration of Life in the springtime once things start to settle and we can honor him properly. 

We would like to thank the amazing staff of CMH CCU, the respiratory therapists as well as Dr. Gail Simpson, Dr. Chuck Pankratz, Dr. Bernstein and Dr. Arfei.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to: 

Rotary Club of Ventura East - RCVE PO BOX 3012 Ventura, CA 93006

GoCare - 770 County Square Dr. #100 Ventura, CA 93003

or to a charity of your choice.
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Meeting February 1, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 01, 2018
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message
 
Our joke of the day was given by Jeff Hata
 
Guest of Bill Crookston was Mike Pritchard, Past President of the Nassau Bahamas Club, also visiting us today was past member Tom Shilton.
 
President Harriet thanked Michelle Cekov for greeting today and Tom Swan for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to Larsen's Grill donated by Todd Juvonen.
 
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
Jeff Hata reminded us that we would not be meeting at the Poinsettia Pavilion for the next 2 weeks. We will be meeting next week on Wednesday at the Derby Club with Downtown and South to hear PDG Deepa Willingham speak about her projects in India and on February 15th we will be meeting at the Ventura Family YMCA.
 
Also, on February 15th we will have a social at Poseidin Brewery from 5:30 - 7:00.
 
Amber Landis-Stover spoke about our Social Media committee and will be working to get our social media up to speed.
 
We will be planting trees with the Ventura Land Conservancy to meet our pledge to plant one tree for every Rotarian in our club this Rotary Year on March 10th.
 
A Memorial Service for John Masterson will be on February 9th from 4:00 - 6:30 at the Saticoy Country Club. There hasn't been any announcement about services for Bob Pazen yet.
 
Special thanks to Carolyn Diacos, Tom & Cynthia Hashbarger & Bruce McGee for helping 805Strong this week.
 
Happy $'s: Ashley Pope, John Borneman & Husam Hishmeh.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bruce McGee!!!
Meeting February 1, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting January 25, 2018

President Harriet announced to the club that Past President and long time member of our club, Bob Pazen, had passed away earlier that morning. A few of our members said a few words about Bob and what he meant to them personally and to the club.
 
Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Bruce McGee.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was 2 tickets for Opening Night at the Rubicon on Saturday. The tickets also got the lucky winner into a Champagne Reception that night.
 
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in song.
 
President Harriet announced for Kris Hansen that we need to invite potential Rotarians to our meetings.  We haven't had many guests lately so let's start inviting again.
 
Amber Landis-Stover announced that she will be working on our club's social media...stay tuned for much more to follow!!!
 
Announcements from President Harriet.
There is a get well card being passed around for Jim Word who is home recovering from knee surgery.
 
Please update your info on the clipboard that is being passed around.
 
March 10th we will be doing a tree planting. There is a sign up sheet going around for the number of trees you would like to plant. The trees will be $45/tree.
 
February 7th we will be meeting at the Derby Club with Downtown and Ventura-South. P.D.G. Deepa Willingham will be our featured speaker. This meeting will be on Wednesday and not our usual Thursday.
 
February 9th will be the memorial for John Masterson. This will be at 4:00 pm at Saticoy Country Club.
 
February 15th we will be meeting offsite at the Ventura Family YMCA.
 
Pictures from our Veteran's Day Celebration are being passed around. Please take any pictures that you are in.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes.
Meeting January 25, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-01-25 08:00:00Z 0

Remembering John Masterson

Ventura lost a great man and a good friend. John A. Masterson passed away suddenly on Friday, January 12th, 2018. John loved his adopted hometown and was one of its leading citizens for many years. In return, Ventura gave him many deep and treasured friendships, a successful professional career and a place to raise his children that he believed to be truly special.

There was no greater joy in John's life than his family. He met his wife Judy at the grand opening of Masterson Motors in 1961. She had come in with her girlfriend to sign up to win a free 3-day trip to Las Vegas. John, no fool, copied down her name from the entry and called her up for a date. What followed was a whirlwind romance where he not only had to win her over from another suiter, but also keep her from moving to Dallas for a new job. The force of his personality and maybe his smile and sense of humor won the day. They were married after a 12-week courtship on July 1, 1961. He would often joke, "She came in for a 3 day trip to Las Vegas, and instead she got a week's honeymoon there and a car dealership!" 

With four children and six grandchildren, family dinners were always an important time for him. He took the time to ask each of the children about their day and led a very lively meal with lots of laughter. He loved nothing more than a witty remark, even at his own expense. Even as adults, with our own families, we still continued to meet at Mom and Dad's for family dinner every Sunday.

John was born in Portland, Oregon on March 28, 1935 to Ruth and Ralph Masterson. He was the youngest of three children with brother Ralph Jr. and sister Marilyn. He was "Baby John" to the family. The family would soon move to Longview Washington where his father Ralph owned the local laundry and would later own the Chevrolet dealership.

John attended R.A. Long High School where he was a charismatic, friendly and popular student. He anchored the offensive line as the center of the 1952 state Football champions. He was active in the school theater winning an award for outstanding work in Speech and Drama. He was in the school band playing the trombone and was voted Student Body President his senior year.

When John was 16, he got a job as Santa Clause at a local business. In a Santa suit hand made by his sister Marilyn, complete with fur-lined cap and a matching bag, he continued to play Santa Clause for Friends and Rotary for the next 66 years. It was probably his favorite job.

In 1953, John made his way to Stanford University where he played on the freshman football team and was John Brodie's first center. He also joined the ATO fraternity where he met his best friend and future best man, Tom Williamson. He was the president of the Stanford Ski Club and on winter break worked Ski Patrol on Mt Hood. In the summers, he was a camp counselor on Mt. St Helens. He was known to occasionally play the gut-bucket with the Kingston Trio on some of their local performances. John studied Speech and Drama with a minor in Geography while at Stanford. He was an engineer and part-time disc jockey at the local Stanford radio station. When he graduated in 1957, he delivered the Class Oration.

In 1956, a college friend took John to the Pebble Beach road races and he was hooked. He entered his first race using his 1954 Corvette, despite the fact that it had an automatic transmission and white wall tires. His race gear was a white T-shirt and a Styrofoam helmet that he borrowed. He did not win that day but it did change his life. Racing became a passion that he pursued off and on for the next 40 years. Immediately, he formed the Stanford Racing Team, (the only college racing team in history). In 1957, he briefly worked in Reno as a Disc Jockey and bought his first real racecar, an old Ford special that he modified with a new fiberglass body. He christened the car the "Batmobile" (after the popular TV western ? Bat Masterson). For the rest of his racing career he was known as "Bat" Masterson. 

This car was heavy. It was very fast on the straightaway but turning was an adventure. It required muscle and dumb luck to keep it on the track. "Bat" quickly became known as the guy who always led the first lap, but sooner or later, hay-bails would fly or engines would blow. He was always a hard-charger in racing as well as life.

After a succession of wild, fast cars and the birth of his first child, Janna, John met his match at Laguna Seca in 1964. While driving a new Lotus 30, purchased using $12,000 borrowed the previous week, he hit an oil patch and lost control of the car. He slammed into a concrete pillar at 100 mph. He barely survived with broken bones, a punctured lung and severely bruised internal organs. The car was not so lucky. After recovering, Judy convinced him that it was time to retire, become a full-time father and automobile dealer. 

In 1979, John returned to racing on the vintage car circuit. He acquired racecars, like the HWM Stovebolt Special, a car he watched in that first race at Pebble Beach, and began his second racing career. With his trusty mechanic and friend, Phil Casanta, a big-rig for car transport and his family in tow to watch him for a change, he was soon tearing up tracks all over the United States. He no longer hit hay-bails but still blew an engine now and then.

In 1959, Ralph Sr., who had retired in Santa Barbara, decided to purchase the Volkswagen / Packard dealership from the Heck estate. Ralph Jr. and John were soon installed as the managers. In 1961, Masterson Motors moved "out of town" to 3111 E. Main St. Over the years, Masterson Motors held franchises in Volkswagen, Mercedes, Packard, SAAB, Alpha Romeo, Peugeot, Porsche, Audi and Hyundai. In the late 70's, John and Ralph Jr. split the business, with John taking Volkswagen and Ralph Jr. taking Porsche/Audi. John operated Masterson Motors for 35 years.

John founded multiple businesses during his long career. He owned a gas station, several used car lots in Ventura and Oxnard. He started a leasing operation called Translease and a Vintage Car restoration business called appropriately "Vintage Car Garage". He owned a bookstore, "The Book Nook" run by his sister Marilyn. He had a Rent-A-Wreck and a U-Haul franchise.

During his long automotive career, John served the auto industry in several local, regional and national offices. He was Secretary Treasurer of the U.S. Volkswagen Dealers Association and then became the National Chairman in 1979. He also served as National Vice-Chairman of the U.S. SAAB Dealers. He was Chairman of the Southern California Volkswagen Dealers and President of the Ventura City Motor Car Dealers Association. He was on the Board of Directors of the American International Auto Dealers Association.

Besides his family, I believe John was most proud of his community activism. Whether through elected office or as a marshal at the 4th of July Push-em/Pull-em Parade, he loved giving his time to make Ventura a better place. He was awarded the Jaycee Young Man of the Year award in 1961 and Ventura Citizen of the year in 1974. He was elected as a Trustee of the Ventura Unified School District (1974-1977) as well as a Port Commissioner (1978-1982). He was a founder of Ventura East Rotary, served as President, and was voted Outstanding Rotarian 4 times. 

John served as President of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce as well as served later on the Board of directors. He stayed active throughout his career serving on various commissions targeting economic development. He was also Chairman and a founding member of the BuenaVenturans.
 
John spent 18 years as a Trustee of the Community Memorial Hospital. He was Chairman of the Community Memorial Hospital Benefactors and an Executive Board member Community Memorial Health Care Foundation. John joined the staff of Community Memorial Hospital in 1992 as Vice President - Community Relations. He remained for 25 years retiring at the age of 81.

He was President and Founding Member of the El Cien Dance Club and served on the Ventura Grand Jury in 1969. He was a founding member of the Ventura College foundation and was deeply involved with local school sports serving as President of the Ventura College Booster Club, Chairman of the Ventura County Stanford Buck club and founding member of the St Bonaventure Booster Club. He was a great supporter of the Ventura Boys and Girls club and he was a member of the Ventura Boy Scouts council.

John was also a published writer. He wrote a column for the Star Free Press "Wheels" section for 10 years winning "Best Business Column" from The L.A. Press Club in 1993. He was a member of the Greater Los Angeles Press Club and the Motor Press Guild and contributed pieces to various automotive publications. In addition, he wrote an occasional piece for the Santa Paula Times on the theater called "Masterson on Stage". He was a Board member of the Santa Paula Theater Center. 

John pursued his love of the theater, appearing on stage in over 25 productions in Ventura, Santa Paula and Camarillo. He was versatile - taking parts in musicals, drama and comedies. It didn't matter if he was the lead or in the supporting cast (but he liked to be the lead.) 

John produced the weekly Western Automotive Consultant (WAC) report. He was Executive Director of the Ventura Auto Mall Dealers Association and spent 5 years on KVTA radio hosting "Auto-Talk" with Ross Olney as his partner. 

John was also an avid Cruiser. He and Judy took over 60 cruises together with highlights being a family cruise through the Panama Canal that included his mother and father. This passion for cruising led to the establishment of a new business, "Capt'n Cruise Travel" where he wrote a monthly Travel Newsletter and sponsored Cruises.

John is celebrated by wife Judy, children Janna, Jeff and his love Kelly Collins, Julia and husband Michael Martin, Mark and wife Jennifer. He loved his grandchildren Damien Masterson, Hannah Martin, Jack Tovey, Bethany Martin, Kate Tovey, Cooper John Masterson, his dear sister Marilyn Kisch and his many nieces and nephews. We are all fortunate to have had this amazing man in our lives and suspect his many friends feel the same. 

A celebration of his life is planned from 4:00 - 6:30 on Friday February 9th at the Saticoy Country Club. 

For those who desire, donations can be made in memory of John to the Community Memorial Hospital Building Fund for which he worked tirelessly. Make Checks payable to "Community Memorial Health Systems Building Fund. 2674 E. Main St Suite #210, Ventura, CA 93003.
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Meeting January 18, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 18, 2018
Laura Shannon led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Midge Stork gave our Inspirational Message.
 
We had two guests today, Lisa Coppleman and Dina Davis.
 
President Harriet thanked Rich Stewart for greeting and Joe Strohman for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a huge "TOWER" of chocolate donated by Rich Stewart.
 
Steve Habison gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song.
 
Husam Hishmeh said he would be putting a committee together to arrange a "First Responder" party.
 
Amber Stevens announced we would be having an offsite meeting at the YMCA and thanked the club for our $6,000 to help fund Operation Ventura.
 
President Harriet announced that we were trying to put together a program to plant trees for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy on Arbor Day. More info to follow.
 
President Harriet read a letter from Felicity who is attending Brown University and was a scholarship recipient last year. President Harriet also read a thank you letter from one of the Military Families we sponsored for the Holidays.
 
  
Dina Davis presented President Harriet with a collage from our Veteran's Day celebration and also presented Tim Blackwell and Dick Gallagher with certificates thanking them for their service.
 
President Harriet asked everyone to please sign the cards being passed around. They were for Sharon Daly who is recovering from knee surgery, Bob Pazen who is in the hospital with respiratory problems and in memory of John Masterson. Harriet reminded us that John was a founding member of our club and that the Board of Directors voted to give a scholarship in John's name this year.
 
President Harriet also reminded us about moving books for the Friends of the Library on Friday at 10:00.
 
Joe Strohman passed out ballots for the RCVE Foundation Board. Margarida Eidson, Kris Hansen & Ken Kagan were nominated to fill 2 board seats.
 
Jeff Hata placed into nomination for the club board the following:
President Elect - Jeff Burgh
President Elect Nominee - Kris Hansen
Director at Large 2018-2021 - Ashley Pope
Director at Large 2018-2021 - Tobias Hildebrand.
 
Bill Spellman made a motion to close nominations and a 2nd was made by Bill Gray.
A voice vote was held and the slate was unanimously accepted.
 
Joe Strohman reported on the results of the RCVE Club Foundation Board vote and Margarida Eidson & Ken Kagan will begin their terms beginning July 1, 2018.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Kathy McGee!!!
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Meeting January 11, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 11, 2018
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Kris Hansen.
 
Bill Hicks told us about a Thomas Fire Fundraiser being held on February 3rd at Plaza Park.
 
Kris Hansen introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Tobias Hildebrand was Anita Lynch.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to the Yardhouse donated by Laura Shannon.
 
Our joke of the day was given by Tim Hughes.
 
John Borneman read a poem today in memory of a friend he lost in the Montecito mudslides.
 
Avenues of Service announcements:
Joe Strohman announced that we need nominations for two at large directors for our club foundation.
 
Jeff Hata announced that we are moving our February 8th meeting to February 7th and we would be meeting at the Derby club with Downtown and South to hear Deepa Willingham speak.
 
Amber Stevens reminded us that the Community Service meeting would be immediately after the club meeting today.
 
Rich Stewart thanked Kris Hansen and Tom Hashbarger for volunteering to help the Friends of the Library move books on January 19th for a book sale to support the new Hill St library.
 
President Harriet let us know that the Board meeting was rescheduled to January 16th due to the rain and bad weather last week.
 
Jordan Eller let us know that scholarship applications will be available beginning March 1st through April 15th. We have $50,000 available to award this year. 
 
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh, John Borneman, Harriet Clune, Midge Stork and Tobias Hildebrand.
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Meeting January 4, 2018

Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 04, 2018
Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Guests today were Karen Campbell and Kevin Daly.
 
President Harriet thanked Laura Shannon for greeting and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Our raffle prize today was donated by Jeff Hata, a bottle of Labyrinth Tempranillo and a bottle Eberle Sauvignon Gris.
 
John Borneman gave our Joke of the Day and then led us in our song.
 
Joe Strohman reported that our Club Foundation is up to $2.7 million. We need to elect 2 directors to the Foundation Board for a 2 year term beginning July 1, 2018. If you are interested, please let Joe know.
 
Joe also reported that Diana Davis who helped us with our Veteran's program will be here next week and the 4 Way Test Essay contest has begun. Carolyn Hertel will be donating $1,000 for awards again this year.
 
Amber Stevens reported that our Community Service meeting will be after our meeting next week.
 
Margarida Eidson let us know that there is free sand and sand bags available at the Poinsettia Pavilion for anyone that may need them.
 
President Harriet let us know that the Friends of the Library will need help on January 18th to load books to move to the Hill St library.
 
Happy $'s: Margarida Eidson, Jim Emch, Ashley Pope and Kathy McGee.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tom Swan, who had to leave early, so the wine was awarded to Bruce & Kathy McGee who lost their wine collection to the fires.
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Meeting December 21, 2017

Posted on Dec 21, 2017
Husam Hishmeh said a few words about the Thomas fire before the meeting started.
 
Tom Hashbarger led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Kris Hansen offered his help and advice for members affected by the Thomas Fire. Kris also offered the use of his van.
 
Laura Shannon gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
Amber Stevens will be having a Community Service Meeting after our club meeting on January 4th.
 
Tom Hashbarger presented Bill Crookston with a certificate for being a veteran.
 
President Harriet asked for donations of canned goods or monetary donations four Balboa Middle school.
 
President Harriet announced that our Annual Meeting would be January 11, 2018.
 
President Harriet also announced that Sharon Daly has been appointed to fill an open At Large Director's position on the board.
 
Happy $'s: John Borneman & Harriet Clune
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Meeting December 14, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 14, 2017
We were back after a week off due to the Thomas Fire. We met in the Canada Larga Room since the rest of the Poinsettia Pavilion was being used for assistance to fire victims.
 
Sharon Daly led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Tom Swan today was Ron French!
 
President Harriet thanked Juan Mendoza for bringing a sound system today.
 
Our speaker today, Tom Hilton from Project Understanding had to cancel today but we managed to get Deputy Director Curtis Updike from H.S.A. to tell us what is being done at the Poinsettia Pavilion to assist Thomas Fire victims.
 
John Borneman gave our Inspirational Message and our Joke of the Day.
 
Joe Strohman spoke about our project with the Military Collaborative. This is our 3rd year working with the and this year we will be sponsoring 3 families.
 
Rotaract President Olivia Strohman is a teacher at E.O. Green in Oxnard and her students made wreaths for Bill Gray, Carol Marquez-Olson, Bob and Wendy Pazen and Bruce and Kathy McGee who lost their homes in the fire.
 
Rich Stewart thanked everyone who participated by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. The kettle was so full at the end of the day, there wasn't any room to add any more money! Great job!
 
Rich Stewart announced that there were boxes of masks on the tables for us to take. Take as many masks as we thought we would need.
 
President Harriet passed around the list of people who signed up for Rose Parade Decorating. If you cannot go please let President Harriet know. If you can drive, please let President Harriet know.
 
President Harriet announced that we are forming a committee for Poinsettia Sales next year. There were numerous volunteers to join the committee so next year should be a banner year for us. Judy Hoag announced that we netted over $8,200 this year on Poinsettia sales. President Harriet told us that between Nightmare on the Hill and Poinsettia sales we have netted over $10,000 in fund raisers this year.
 
Happy $'s: Midge Stork, Melody O'Leary-Namikas, Bruce McGee, Ashley Pope, Jeff Hata and Bill Gray.
 
Jordan Eller had passed around a sign-up sheet to donate towards our Military Collaborative project and we collected $695!
 
 
Meeting December 14, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Fire Recap

Posted by John A. Masterson on Dec 06, 2017
Fire recap by John Masterson
 
I have waited until the “all clear but Smokey” siren before writing this.  It has been a tumultuous 48 hours.  One that I have never experienced in my 82 years of breathing oxygen.

Saying “I lost my home” doesn’t seem so tough but in that, you are saying, I lost EVERYTHING that I hold dear.  Unreplaceable pictures, personal items, wardrobe, medicines, all those things collected thru the years to provide you with comfort, now gone.  You are at zero!  (The older you are, the darker that zero becomes.)  While beautiful homes all around us burned to the ground, ours survived.  (I was asked what my pre-plans were and I replied, “pray to Jesus and buy a lottery ticket.”

When Judy rushed into the bedroom at 9pm Monday nite and breathlessly shouted, “we have to evacuate!”, I immediately pooh poohed that comment.  “It’s not going to happen”, I stated.  Ignoring my ignorance and indignation, she immediately began to pack a suitcase.  “Don’t forget your medicines!, she added.  Meanwhile my youngest son rushed to us to help out.  We decided to stay with his family until the warning was removed.  Our daughter, Janna, her new puppy Cosmo, Judy and I joined a long line of traffic heading out of Ondulando.

The city was extra depressing.  The electricity was off everywhere.  It was dark, cold and fiercely windy.  Flashlights were mandatory.  iPhones and IPads quickly ran out to power.  With no TV, and trying to ignore the raging fires silhouetted on the blazing hillside you were left with small talk and meaningless conversation.  Then we got a call from our neighbor, Steve Osman.  He stayed behind and was fiercely watching his and OUR houses stamping out embers being blown around by the unpredictable fire storm.
Meanwhile, homes all around us were going up in flames.

I slept fitfully on the couch until 5:30am.  I awoke to see good friend, Barry Nielsen, on the other couch.  He had lesser time to react as he left his expensive watch on his dresser as he rushed out the door.  (His home is gone along with all clothes, personal sundries and daily needs.  (Big day at Costco coming up shortly!)  now comes the HUGE problem.  Where do you live for the next year or two?  (It will probably take that long for the city to issue a permit!)
There are no rooms to rent anywhere.....period!

Then came the next alarming news.  We have been told to evacuate my son’s residence.  (He lives next to Buena H S.). “Holy Moly,” as Batman would say.  Where do we go now?

Janett and Roger Whitlock have been good friends for 60 years.  They have a lovely, spacious residence in Camarillo.  A quick call at 6:00 am and eight of us, plus cat and dog headed south.

Janett is the most fabulous host.  We have been treated like royalty.  It will be hard to go home but home we will go as we have one.  As I reflect on the past events, one thing is abundantly clear.  Having family, friends and good neighbors is a blessing not all enjoy.  Judy and I are triple blessed.  I can’t imagine going thru this conflagration without their support.  

We are blessed with a strong family who support each other.  We are blessed with long, deep friendships of people who care.  We are blessed by a neighbor who epitomizes the old fashioned, timeless care and concern.  And as an added bonus, we are blessed with our home of 47 years.

Life is good.

John Masterson
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Meeting November 30, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 30, 2017
Husam Hishmeh led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Amber Landis-Stover gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
There were not any guests or visiting Rotarians today so Bill's job was rather easy.
 
Todd Juvonen gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song.
 
President Harriet passed around a sign up sheet for our Christmas Party scheduled for December 10th at the Channel Islands Yacht Club.
 
Rich Stewart passed around a sign up sheet for Salvation Army Bell Ringing on December 9th.
 
Happy $'s: John Borneman, Jeff Hata, Rich Stewart, Tom Swan, Vance Thompson, Amber Landis-Stover, Bob Pazen, Bill Spellman, Jim Word, Husam Hishmeh and David Morris.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle with was a gift card to Rabalais. Our lucky winner was Laura Shannon.
 
President Harriet presented blue badges to Greg Jones and Melody O'Leary Namikas.
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Meeting November 16, 2017

Posted by Wendy Pazen on Nov 16, 2017
We met our new caterer today, Dave Tipton's widow. the food was delicious!
 
Joe Strohman presented Student of the Quarter awards with the help of Natalie Debbas.
Tony Arella, Auto Mechanics & Maintenance, was sponsored by Harriet Clune.
Sally Bitar from Syria was sponsored by Greg Jones.
 
Our team for the Ventura South Trivia contest held their own. Thank yous to Alex Namikas, Joe Strohman, Kris Hansen and Tobias Hildebrand.
 
Margarida Eidson was presented her blue badge.
 
Kris Hansen will be presented the Ambassador of the Year award by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.
 
Our raffle prize today was 2 tickets to the Rubicon Theater and a $40 gift card donated by Amber Landis-Stover.
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Meeting November 9, 2017

Posted by Kristopher Hansen on Nov 09, 2017
Past President Tom Hashbarger rang the bell and invited guests and visiting Rotarians to lead the lunch line!
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Kathy McGee.
 
PP Tom Hashbarger thanked Bob Noville for greeting and Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
PP Tom let us know that we had a group touring our projects in Nicaragua. Michelle Cekov was leading the group made up of Judy Hoag, Colin Hoag, Rich Stewart and Harriet Clune.
 
A reminder that the trivia contest is November 15th at the Wedgewood Banquet Center at 6:00 pm. Admission is $10 and our team will be Tobias Hildebrand, Joe Strohman, Bruce McGee and Rich Stewart as an alternate.
 
Don't forget to get out and sell Poinsettias!!!
 
Our program today was a salute to club members who are veterans. Diana Davis and Mandy Furlong assisted Joe Strohman and Tom Hasbarger in honoring our veterans!!!
Thank you for your service.
 
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Meeting November 2, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 02, 2017
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Bill Spellman.
 
President Harriet thanked Amber Stevens for greeting and Vance Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Our raffle prize was donated by Bill Spellman which as a $50 gift card to Woodranch BBQ.
 
Tom Hashbarger gave our joke of the week and John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
President Harriet asked everyone to please get out and sell Poinsettias and INVITE guests.
 
Margarida Eidson said that we had a surprise inspection from the Health Department, which we passed, but we cannot use the kitchen to get to our supply cabinet going forward. Please go around, only the caterers staff will be allowed entry into the kitchen.
 
President Harriet thanked the succulent team of Wendy Pazen, Laura Shannon, Kathy McGee and Georganna Hawley for making the beautiful wreaths and pumpkins for Nightmare on the Hill.
 
The Rotary International Convention is coming up in June 2018 and early registration will end on December 15th. If you would like to attend the convention, let President Harriet know and she will get you an application for the convention.
 
The Trivia Challenge sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ventura-South is November 15th. Our team will be Tobias Hildebrand, Joe Strohman and Bruce McGee. Rich Stewart will be our first alternate in case one of our members can't attend.
 
Joe Strohman announced that our speaker will be John Gureany on November 16th.
 
Joe Strohman also announced that our Club Foundation meeting will be on November 16th.
 
Rotaract is going to Mexico this weekend for their house build and the next Student of the Quarter will be November 16th.
 
Jordan Eller is getting the names for the military families we will sponsor over the holidays and Carolyn Diacos and Bob Pazen will be doing the shopping.
 
Happy $'s: Tobias Hildebrand, Steve Harbison, Carolyn Diacos, Amber Landis-Stover.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville.
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Meeting October 26, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 26, 2017
Bob Noville led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Tobias Hildebrand.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Bill Spellman.
 
We had two visiting Rotarians today who are also current Presidents. Visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-South was President Bob Davis and from the Rotary Club of Camarillo was President Bob Harrell.
 
Guest of Jeff Hata was Tom Hilton and guests of Jim Emch was his grandson Beckett and granddaughter Ellis.
 
President Harriet thanked Rich Stewart for greeting and Jordan Eller for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Target donated by Laura Shannon.
 
John Borneman gave our joke of the day and then led us in our song of the day.
 
Bob Davis thanked us for allowing Ventura-South to come to Nightmare on the Hill. President Harriet presented Bob Davis with a check for our trivia team who will be competing in the Ventura-South Trivia Challenge on November 15th.
 
Avenues of Service:
Jeff Hata told us what time to arrive for various work shifts at Nightmare on the Hill.
 
Melody O'Leary-Namikas said that she had her sponsorship tickets to give away.
 
Margarida Eidson said that the City would be at the Pavilion from 6 - 8 to talk about City redistricting.
 
Tom Hashbarger said that our Veteran's Day Celebration is coming on November 9th. If you are a veteran, please sign up and include the branch of the military you served in.
 
Bob Harrell let us know that Atlas Elementary was hit with big budget cuts. The students raised about $9,000 and they need $20,000 for the programs that were affected. It appears that the District can use the funds that the students raised for whatever the district deems necessary so Bob has started a non-profit to protect the students funds so the district can't have access.
 
President Harriet gave one last appeal to members to sell tickets to Nightmare on the Hill.
 
Happy $'s: Jeff Hata, Harriet Clune, Kris Hansen, Tobias Hildebrand, Bob Harrell and Midge Stork.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Gray.
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Meeting October 19, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 19, 2017
Past President Jim Word rang the bell and invited everyone to lunch ... guests and visiting Rotarians to the head of the line.
 
Bob Noville led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tim Blackwell gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Ashley Pope introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Melody O'Leary-Namikas was Deborah Mansfield.
 
Past President Jim thanked Bill Spellman and Vance Thompson for greeting and Laura Shannon for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that the Opportunity drawing was a $50 gift certificate to SpiceTopia from Ashley Pope.
 
Steve Harbison gave our Joke of the Day.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Amber Stevens reminded us that the Community Service Meeting would be on October 24th at the YMCA at 6:00 pm.
 
Jeff Hata passed around the current Duty Roster sign up sheet as well as the job assignment sheet for Nightmare on the Hill.
 
Joe Strohman told us that we would be recognizing our Veterans on November 9th so if you served in the military, wear something from your service.
 
Greg Frye would not let us forget about Poinsettia sales. Please get out and secure orders.
 
Joe Strohman and Margarida Eidson presented long time Poinsettia Pavilion employee, Hector Andrade, with a well deserved Employee of the Quarter plaque.
Jeff Hata presented Ashley Pope with a Paul Harris Award on behalf of the club. Congratulations Ashley!!!
 
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh and Bill Spellman.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Blackwell.
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Meeting October 12, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 12, 2017
President Elect Jeff stood in for President Harriet today who is off in sunny Hawaii!!!
 
Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Vance Thompson.
 
Kathy McGee introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Bob Noville took care of the opportunity drawing today which was a $50 gift card to Aloha Steakhouse donated by Bob Noville.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Joke of the Day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
PE Jeff announced a class for the people working the bar and the welcome table for October 19th from 6:00 - 8:00 here at the Poinsettia Pavilion. The class will be conducted by Project Safer and you will receive a certification good for 2 years upon completion of the test. A sign up sheet was passed around for volunteers to sign-up.
 
The Rotary Club of Oxnard is hosting an Octoberfest on October 19th in Oxnard. Details are in the "Events" section of our website.
 
President Jeff thanked everyone who attended or worked at the District Conference. It was a well attended event by our club and it was great to see many of our new members in attendance or helping out. President Jeff asked attendees to say what impressed them most about the event.
 
Happy $'s: Bill Hicks, Bruce McGee, Melody O'Leary-Namikas and Carol Marquez.
 
Bob Noville conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Judy Hoag!
 
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Mossyfoot Project

 
We are continuing to accept gently worn shoes to send to Funds2Org. They will pay Mossyfootd $.40 a pound. When we get enough shoes,
I could use help with bagging them.
Thanks,
Sharon
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Meeting October 5, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 05, 2017
Husam Hishmeh led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Bruce McGee.
 
Rich Stewart introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting from Ventura-South was Don McDonald, former member, Jim Baroca was also visiting today.
 
Don McDonald spoke about the Trivia Contest hosted by The Rotary Club of Ventura-South to benefit the literacy program put on by the Ventura County Library.
 
President Harriet asked for volunteers and got enough people to make two teams.
 
President Harriet thanked Bob Noville for greeting today.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Cafe Fiore.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Bill Spellman announced that all of our spots for RYLA have been filled.
 
Greg Frye spoke about Poinsettia orders.
 
Joe Strohman said that the Military Collaborative is in need of a new space. If you know of any vacancies, please let Joe know. Joe also let us know that Tom Hashbarger is working on a program to honor our military veteran's. Joe's last announcement was that Margarida would be honoring Hector with an Employee of the Quarter award next week.
 
President Harriet passed around a sign up sheet for Nightmare on the Hill work duties.
 
President Harriet was also passing around a condolences card for Lee Albee who passed away last week. Lee was a very long time member of our club.
 
The trivia contest at Garman's Pub was a lot of fun and 2 of our 3 team's won prizes!!! The team of President Harriet, Bob Pazen and Rich Stewart came in second and the team of Wendy Pazen, Dave Anderson, Colin Hoag and Dick and Mary Gallagher came in 3rd.
 
The District survey is out, please answer it. It's only 1 question so it won't take long to complete.
 
The catering committee being led by Carolyn Diacos has 4 bids. There will be a committee meeting after our club meeting today. Tastings from 2 caterers have been arranged and a decision will be reached soon.
 
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh, Jeff Hata, Kris Hansen, Wendy Pazen, Tobias Hildebrand and Tom Hashbarger.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville.
 
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Awards

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 28, 2017
Awards presented by District Governor John Weiss and President Harriet Clune.
 
Paul Harris Fellowships:
Kris Hansen
 
Olivia Strohman
 
Not pictured: Bob Lynn
 
Paul Harris Service Awards
Devere "Pete" Gallagher
 
Joe Strohman
 
Jeff Hata
 
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Meeting September 28, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 28, 2017
We were led in the Salute to the Flag today by Kathy McGee
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Gray introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Bob Lynn was Marise Gartner, guest of Tobias Hildebrand was Mark Stallmaker, guest of Joe Strohman was Rotaract President Olivia Strohman, guest of Kris Hansen was Michelle Morter and guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra Esquivel.
 
Also visiting today was Diana Davis and visiting from Ventura-Downtown was Dale Jaedtke.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $75 gift card to Bonzai Marina Sushi.
 
President Harriet thanked David Morris and John Masterson for greeting then David Morris gave our Joke of the Day.
 
John Borneman led us in our Song of the Day.
 
Tom Swan spoke about all the flags hanging in the room today and the tradition of club flags.
 
President Harriet thanked everyone who attended the reception for D.G. John Weiss.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about PRLS and what the program was. The district will be holding an Introduction to Rotary Class in conjunction with the District Conference next Friday from 1:00 - 3:00. Carolyn Diacos, Margarida Eidson, Sharon Daly and Tobias Hildebrand said they wanted to attend.
 
President Harriet and District Governor John Weiss passed out some awards.
Bob Lynn and Kris Hansen were recognized with a Paul Harris Awards and Joe Strohman recognized his daughter Olivia with a Paul Harris Award.
 
Jeff Hata, Joe Strohman and Pete Gallagher were recognized with Paul Harris Service Awards.
 
Midge Stork conducted our drawing and the lucky winner was Tom Hashbarger.
 
District Governor John Weiss gave his presentation to the club.
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Meeting September 21, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 21, 2017
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Greg Jones.
 
President Harriet thanked Sharon Daly for greeting and Amber Stevens and Tim Hughes for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Olive Garden donated by Tom Swan.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
President Harriet recognized our members who volunteered some of their time last Saturday for United Ways Day of Caring. President Harriet shared a story about a volunteer who took a picture of President Harriet, Rich Stewart and Jeff Burgh and then realized that they were Rotarians. As it turns out the picture taker was a past Rotary Scholarship recipient and said that they could not have gone to college without the scholarship!
 
Announcements: President Harriet said that we could get either December 27th or December 28th for Rose Parade Float decorating times. There was a clip board going around and based on which day and time slot was most popular that would be the day we go.
 
The Disitrict Conference is October 6th - 8th. Members will get $50 back from the club if they register.
 
The reception for District Governor John Weiss will be Monday at the Ventura Yacht Club, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
 
October 11th there will be a succulent party at the Pazen's to make raffle prizes for Nightmare on the Hill.
 
President Harriet has been meeting with the Presidents in our group and our offer for group rates on Nightmare on the Hill tickets have been well received.
 
Happy $'s: Rich Stewart, Sam Marsh, Jeff Hata and Bill Gray.
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Meeting September 14, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 14, 2017
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was deliverd by Bill Crookston.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Bill Spellman.
 
Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
President Harriet thanked Amber Landis-Stover for Greeting and taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Aloha Steak House donated by Bob Noville.
 
Laura Shannon gave our joke of the day.
 
President Harriet read a thank you note from one of our 4 Way Test Essay winners.
 
Avenues of Service:
 
Joe Strohman thanked everyone who came out to support Rotaract at Leashless Brewing last night.
 
Greg Jones spoke about Student of the Quarter and asked for volunteers to sponsor the students.
 
Greg Frye spoke about Poinsettia sales and asked everyone to get out and sell, sell, sell...
 
Todd Juvonen spoke about the United Way Day of Caring this Saturday and thanked all the volunteers in advance for helping out. Todd also said that the next Community Service meeting would be on September 26th at 6:00 pm at the YMCA.
 
Jim Word passed around 2 flyers for the Ventura County Museum, one was information about becoming a docent and the other was for a lecture series at the Museum.
 
President Harriet announced that we would be participating in the Ventura-South Trivia contest. The proceeds from this fundraiser go towards Ventura County Literacy projects.
 
President Harriet also passed around a clipboard to sign up for the District Governor's reception on September 25th.
 
The District Conference is almost here and it's a great way to meet other Rotarian's in our district. The cost for the conference is $199 and the club will reimburse members $25 if they attend.
 
Joe Strohman conducted an interview with Ayn Devera, Ayn's last requirement to get her blue badge. After the interview was completed, President Harriet presented Ayn with her blue badge! Congratulations Ayn!
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Meeting September 7, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 07, 2017
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Tim Blackwell.
 
Alison Thompson introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. 
 
Guest of Bill Spellman was Lynn Van Emmerick and guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
President Harriet thanked Carolyn Diacos and Amber Landis-Stover for greeting and Margarida Eidson for taking attendance today.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Casa Bella from Kathy McGee.
 
Bruce McGee gave our joke of the day.
 
President Harriet thanked Carolyn Diacos, Juan Mendoza, John Masterson, Tom Hashbarger, Margarida Eidson & Bob Noville for volunteering to help review our menu selections and caterers.
 
Kathy McGee passed around the duty roster sign up sheet.
 
Bill Spellman asked for the names of potential RYLA students.
 
Amber Stevens reviewed the United Way's Day of Caring on September 16th.
 
Judy Hoag spoke about Poinsettia sales and reviewed our upcoming Nicaragua trip.
 
Jeff Hata let us know that Nightmare on the Hill tickets are available and that we would like for each club member to sell 4 tickets. Jeff also went over what PRLS is and said he would like to see 3 - 4 people taking PRLS this year.
 
Husam Hishmeh also spoke about Nightmare on the Hill and also said he would match the first $500 in club donations for hurricane relief.
 
Joe Strohman thanked the club for our donation to Rotaract's upcoming Mexico build and spoke about the Rotaract Fundraiser at Leashless Brewing on October 13th from 6 to close.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the fundraiser for the Botanical Gardens on Friday.
 
Kris Hansen spoke about membership. We have had many quality members come into the club lately and we need to keep inviting potential members.
 
President Harriet reminded everyone about Trivia Night at Garman's Pub and also D.G. John Weiss's visit on September 28th. If you are on the Board of Directors we will have a meeting with D.G. John Weiss at 11:00 on September 28th.
 
President Harriet also let us know about a 3 Club Social at the Ventura Yacht Club on September 25 at 5:00.
 
We are trying to get a slot on September 30th from 8 - 4 to decorate the Rotary Rose Parade Float.
 
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Carolyn Diacos!
 
 
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Meeting August 31, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 31, 2017
Tim Hughes led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Husam Hishmeh.
 
President Harriet informed us that Past President Steve Tucker had passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. There was a card being passed around for members to sign to send to Steve's wife.
 
President Harriet also asked us to keep the people of Houston and all of Texas in our thoughts and prayers.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Joke of the Week.
 
President Harriet thanked David Morris and Carolyn Diacos for greeting today.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
President Harriet presented Carolyn Diacos with her blue badge.
 
President Harriet thanked Bob Crookston for the College Football theme idea for todays meeting.
 
Tim Hughes, Jeff Hata, Bruce McGee & Greg Frye took a few moments to ask some football trivia questions.
 
Amber Stevens spoke about the United Way's Day of Caring on September 16th. There are 3 projects that we will participate in.
 
Husam Hishmeh let us know that Victor Cai will be passing through on his unicycle trip from San Francisco to Santa Monica. 
 
Jeff Hata spoke about Nightmare on the Hill and PRLS.
 
President Harriet reminded us about the Trivia Night at Garman's Pub. It looks like we will have two teams of men and women participating that evening.
 
President Harriet went of the survey results. We scored 95% in July and 83% in August, but only about 20% of the club responded to the questionnaire.  Please take the time to respond when it comes out. The questionnaire is only 1 question so it doesn't take a lot of time to do.
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Meeting August 24, 2017

Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 24, 2017
Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by John Borneman
 
President Harriet introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Joe Strohman was Rotaract President Olivia Strohman.
 
President Harriet thanked Melody O'Leary-Namikas & Vance Thompson for greeting.
 
Midge Stork announced our raffle prize was wine from Labyrinth Winery donated by Jeff Hata.
 
Bob Pazen gave our Joke of the Day.
 
Wendy Pazen announced that there will be a trivia night social at Garman's Pub on October 3rd at 6:00.
 
Kris Hansen inducted Carolyn Diacos into our club.
 
Avenues of Service:
Bill Spellman spoke about RYLA and asked club members if they had High School Juniors to nominate to go this year.
 
Jeff Hata said that there will be a Nightmare on the Hill meeting Wednesday October 30th at Panera Bread in Ventura at 11:30.
 
Judy Hoag spoke about Poinsettia Sales.
 
Midge Stork announced a fundraiser for the Ventura Botanical Gardens.
 
Joe Strohman introduced Olivia Strohman who then made a presentation about the upcoming Mexico build that Rotaract does every year.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Juan Gonzales.
 
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